Stephen Hawking provides us with the Semiotic Definition of Joy:

To escape the body
To embolden the spirit
To live anew again


  1. It must have been the moment of a lifetime for him to be free of gravity and that awful wheelchair and become a fetus flying free in the womb again.

  2. There might be others who are not able to see that as a joyous picture but Hawking is into it and in light of your previous Ugly Laws article this is evidence against those terrible laws.

  3. Hi Anne!
    Akismet is hating on you today for some reason. Everything you say gets dumped into the boomer. I’m on it, though, so we won’t lose any message. I’m on Anne Watch! ūüėÄ

  4. Oh, and to answer your questions about the Ugly Laws — you’re right that Hawking would’ve been prosecuted for the way his disability made him look. Discrimination is a terrible and terrifying thing, isn’t it? Imagine all we would’ve lost if Hawking were required to only stay at home.

  5. Finding value in all people is a difficult prospect but it is an effort that requires the all of us every single day.

  6. Was I caught again? Now I understand why this bothers you all so much.

  7. The ultimate epitome of inspiration – it’s not about “where there is a will, there is a way” – it’s about – “if there is a way Stephen Hawking will find it!”

  8. Amazing sentiment , to accompany a marvellous picture – a real joy and thank you for celebrating it.

  9. Hi David,
    Seeing the Professor makes my troubles seem trifling and my joy, for that matter. I’m not sure I could rise to the level of joy enjoyed by the Professor.

  10. Nicola!
    I love that image of Hawking. There are several of him available but that’s the only one I could find with the apple next to him.
    So there we have it all in one eyeful: Hawking floating; Newton’s Law; Hawking and Newton’s shared apple with both biblical significance and scientific meaning — All richly ripened for us with semiotic delights!

  11. Hey Donna!
    You’re right that Hawking reminds us of our greatest demons and the deepest joys that many of us will never accomplish.
    He’s a great man — betrayed by his body — but his mind rises above even the ethereal world.

  12. Was looking for something else and found this – it seemed appropriate.
    Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. – Leonardo da Vinci

  13. That’s a fantastic quote, Nicola and incredibly true. We need to listen and admire and honor those who came before us. They’re already been where we’re going.

  14. Stephen Hawking is an example for all of us.
    It’s always important to seek out joy and not let other people tell us that we are limited for any reason.
    I’ve always liked Stephen Hawking because he seems like a regular guy, even though he isn’t exactly like the rest of us because of his incredible mind. There was a story a couple of years ago about Stephen Hawking enjoying an evening at a gentlemen’s club a couple of years ago.
    While I’m sure there were some raised eyebrows at the news, I always saw it as being something that made him more likable.

  15. You’re right, Chris! Hawking is an example for us all.
    I, too, enjoy his humanity and his public expression of intellect and sensuality.
    When he does these ordinary outrageous things he shines beyond his disability and people can begin to see he may be just like every other man and earthly being beneath the surface of that ethereal, magnificent, mind.

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