Stephen Hawking bemused by Donald Trump's success

Technically Incorrect: In comments taped for British TV, the famed physicist has no kind words for the presumptive Republican nominee.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Not scientifically understandable?

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Scientists don't always understand human beings.

The former trust rationality, the latter get tied up in feelings.

The former live their lives surrounded by theories, the latter believe they keep it real.

Perhaps, then, it's unsurprising that Stephen Hawking seems confounded by the success of Donald Trump.

The Associated Press reported that the famed physicist told the UK's ITV channel that Trump is "a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator."

Subsequently, the AP removed its story, saying that the comments were embargoed for publishing at a later date. By that time, however, the words had flown. ITV didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The presumptive Republican nominee tends not to appeal to everyone with intellectual pretensions. This seems odd, given that he's all too ready to expound on matters that touch science.

He patiently explained to Californians last week that, though they might think there is a drought, there actually isn't.

He also used Twitter to reveal that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive."

And when it comes to vaccines, he's mused that they're clearly linked to an "epidemic" of autism.

It's easy to insist that Trump appeals to the "lowest common denominator." Nate Silver's data site Five Thirty-Eight says, however, that the median household income of a Trump voter in primaries was $72,000.

And though income and intellect don't necessarily correlate -- just look at some billionaires -- it's still too facile to just accuse Trump supporters as being the lowest of the low.

Perhaps science needs to do a little more research to discern just why Trump is so very popular.

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