Jan 6 2012 8:03am

Stephen Hawking Understands Many Things, But Women Are Not Among Them

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Stephen Hawking—one of the world’s greatest physicists, the guy who wrote A Brief History of Time, The Theory of Everything, and The Universe in a Nutshell—turns 70 years old this Sunday, even though he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21, and was only expected to live a few years beyond that.

Remarkable, right? Even more remarkable, however, is that he still doesn’t understand the female of the species. In an interview with New Scientist, he was asked:

New Scientist: What do you think most about during the day?
Stephen Hawking: Women. They are a complete mystery.

That’s right, buster! You might be able to figure out the reality of black holes and the origin of the universe, but why we react the way we do is way beyond your comprehension.

Thank you, Mr. Hawking, for confirming what we all already know. And Happy Birthday!

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aniko n.
1. aniko n.
I've been thinking about this lately. How is it that men can't figure out women, yet we supposedly talk their ears off about feelings and needs? They don't seem particularly quick on the uptake, then, do they? In my experience, women should be the ones who are flummoxed. Ah, well. Happy Birthday, Mr. Hawking :-)
Christopher Morgan
2. cmorgan
But that is just it. We guys talk about feelings amongst each other only when there is no other recourse. We tend to be a bit guarded that way, or at least the males in my family. And because we don't share as often amongst each other we lack the nessecary filter for when women share everything to figure out what are just everyday complaints/small-talk and which are the legitimate needs/desires.

I for one think we are an overly simple gender.

I feel ya Hawking. Respect.
aniko nagy
3. anieva
Ah. So that's it. Thanks, Christopher. Actually, that makes lots of sense. have to start talking with each other! ;-)
Marian DeVol
4. ladyengineer
@cmorgan - You confirm my observations - "what you see is what you get" is the case for most guys.

Women speak a totally different emotional language. We tend to pick our emotions apart, frequently with a female BFF as sounding board, just to try to figure out what we DO feel in a given situation/relationship. For a WYSIWYG guy, this would be confusing.

Stephen Hawking is an auto-buy author for me, even if occasionally it takes a while to fully "grok" the mathematics in his less popularized offerings.
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