A tragic loss for humanity - one doesn't have to have agreed with Hawking on everything to recognize he was an incomparable thinker who changed the way we see our world and the universe. Beyond the time and space of his life, brief as all lives are, his ideas shaped our future.
RT @BBCBreaking@twitter.com Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, a spokesman for his family has said bbc.in/2GpapQF

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Hawking on @GlobalGoalsUN@twitter.com: "to eradicate poverty, save the environment, and make the world a fairer place...People cannot fight for their rights if they do not know what they are. To save the world we need everyone to tell everyone. I am very aware of the preciousness of time..." t.co/mg5ezvEeDz

Hawking recognized the danger of capitalism. He saw that we live "in a world of widening, not diminishing, financial inequality, in which many people can see not just their standard of living, but their ability to earn a living at all, disappearing." theguardian.com/commentisfree/

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

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"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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