Several weeks back, you might recall, Stephen Hawking delivered two Reith lectures over the radio airwaves of the BBC --one called “Do Black Holes Have No Hair?,” the other “Black Holes Ain’t as Black as They Are Painted.” Both were featured here, accompanied by some lively chalkboard animations.
Above you can watch an outtake from the second lecture, this time animated in a different aesthetic. It's trippy, hypnotic, and unless you're grounded in the material, the talk will leave you a little baffled--at least until the end, when Hawking leaves us with a life-affirming message anyone can relate to. "If you feel like you're in a black hole, don't give up. There's a way out." At once, he's talking literally about black holes that are no longer thought to consume everything they encounter, and the metaphorical ones we all run into, somewhere along the way, in life.
On that uplifting note, another week begins...
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