I’ve already blogged about famous British scientist Stephen Hawking, who previously riled up the world’s religionists by saying that one need not posit a God in order to explain the existence of the universe. In a new interview with the (UK) Guardian, Hawking takes on the widespread belief in an afterlife (WebCite cached article):
A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.
In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain’s most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.
Hawking declares his mechanistic viewpoint as clearly and as succinctly as one could hope for:
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” he added.
But Hawking isn’t mechanistic enough to have no appreciation of beauty:
[Hawking said] Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology, and the fundamental equations of physics.
Cue the screaming and caterwauling of religionists around the world, who will condemn Hawking for having said this. I especially await him being criticized for being a scientist, not a theologian, so he’s not supposed to have anything to say about religion … while at the same time most religionists are themselves also not theologians, meaning that — by this logic — no mention of their religion should ever cross their lips.
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