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HairyArsedBloke
22nd April 2008, 21:32
Stephen Hawking needs to work on the salesmanship


The scientist, who did pioneering work on black holes and on a theory of everything, compares people who do not want to spend money on human space exploration to those who opposed the journey of Christopher Columbus.

"In a way, the situation is like Europe before 1492. People might well have argued that it was a waste of money to send Columbus on a wild goose chase."

"Yet the discovery of the new world made profound difference to the old. Just think, we would not have a Big Mac or KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)," he added referring to the ubiquitous US fast food outlets.

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/04/22/scihawk122.xml)

Somehow, I don’t think that investors would be sold as that a good return on investment.