Stephen Hawking Playing Poker On Star Trek

March 15, 2018


In honor of the late, great Stephen Hawking, here's a clip of his cameo from the Star Trek: The Next Generation season six episode 'Descent, Part 1', playing poker with Data and Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein (it's actually Data playing with holodeck simulations of the three). They discuss the curvature of space-time and Newton's apple story while Data and Isaac fold, then Hawking smokes Einstein (who was convinced he was bluffing) with four-of-a-kind, much to Albert's chagrin. Oh, that Stephen! I bet he changed the cards in his hand with his mind. Rest in peace.

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  • Carey Cummings

    Freaking brilliant! I'm sure Hawking had a great time doing this, even though making TV and movies is alot of waiting around most of the time.

  • Steve

    I believe he was the only person who's played themselves on Star Trek.

  • Phil

    Didn’t William Shatner do that for years?

  • TheQiwiMan

    Holy crap Einstein looks like a swamp monster!

    Good job, Makeup Department. Nailed it.

  • MustacheHam

    RIP Stephen Hawking.

  • Draco Basileus

    Hawking isn't really dead. He just no longer exists in this instance of reality.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Someone pressed alt+F4. Hit the power button to bring him back online.

  • Meh

    If anything his internet-accessible-mobilizer absorbed his consciousness.

  • Bling Nye

    If our physical manifestation on this plane of existence is the equivalent of a line on paper, he has simply lifted his hand and finished this chapter.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Jeez. Preachy preacherton over here. Next you're gonna tell us there's an afterlife and it's awesome or something. Or there's some mafic sky fairy who grants wishes if you beg hard enough and pretend you're cool with any outcome.

  • Bling Nye

    Hahaha, no, I just like thinking about dimensional existences and the perspectives different dimensional beings might have... Like imagine 2D characters being perceived by 3D characters, and what they might look like to each other... My personal philosophy includes the idea that we may possibly exist in more dimensions than we can typically perceive with our bodies; I credit Douglas Adams with putting the idea into my head to begin with, with those mice of his....

    ""Earthman, the planet you lived on was commissioned, paid for, and run by mice. It was destroyed five minutes before the completion of the purpose for which it was built, and we've got to build another one."
    Only one word registered with Arthur.
    "Mice?" he said.
    "Indeed Earthman."
    "Look, sorry - are we talking about the little white furry things with the cheese fixation and women standing on tables screaming in early sixties sit coms?"
    Slartibartfast coughed politely.
    "These creatures you call mice, you see, they are not quite as they appear. They are merely the protrusion into our dimension of vast hyperintelligent pandimensional beings [emphasis added]. The whole business with the cheese and the squeaking is just a front."
    The old man paused, and with a sympathetic frown continued.
    "They've been experimenting on you, I'm afraid.”" - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    I simply enjoy thinking about stuff like that, I'm happy to study religion, philosophy, science, etc., and I think they're not all necessarily mutually exclusive of one another.

    I don't particularly care if anyone else ought to think the same way as me, and I'm happy to discuss, and even debate, but certainly no preaching, proselytizing, or otherwise...

    I don't have answers, just thoughts I've put some time and resources into over the years. :)


  • Meh

    Sure he's dead and that's terrible. But honestly its not even close to the sadness of Michael Jackson's passing.

  • Bling Nye


    David Bowie, maybe.

  • Meh

    That was sad. But MJ was really sad.

  • Gilbert

    In my opinion, you're somewhat correct, using the reasoning that he left behind 3 kids, whereas Stephen did not...

    But MJ's passing left me going "Meh", where Stephen's passing had me observing a moment of silence and a wet cheek or two...

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