Stephen Hawking has said that aggression is the human race’s biggest failing and it “threatens to destroy us all”, urging people to be more empathetic.

Speaking at the Science Museum in London, Professor Hawking said it was the failing he would most like to correct and he fears it is so disturbing that it could trigger a major nuclear war which "would be the end of civilisation and maybe even the end of the human race".

It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.

To combat this, the astrophysicist said he would most like to magnify empathy as it "brings us together in a peaceful loving state".

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