The generally accepted form of wishing someone a happy birthday is to sing to the lucky person. Or perhaps buy him or her a gift.
A less accepted form is to compare the birthday person to Darth Vader and suggest he or she is merely a "brain in a vat."
Still, Helene Mialet, a UC Berkeley anthropologist of science, chose the path slightly less trodden.
Writing in Wired, she offered that perhaps Hawking should be referred to as Obi-Wan refers to Darth Vader: "More machine than man."
She went on to suggest that the eminent physicist'… Read more