A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephan Hawking has said.
He would Know. Stephan Hawking is one of the world’s most eminent scientists and knows more about Black Holes, The M- Theory, Cosmology and science in general than pretty much everyone whom ever reads this blog all put together. He has countless awards and honors, some of which can usually only be given to dead people and after his name he has so many abbreviated titles that his business card must be a 3 piece fold away. PHD, MBE, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, DDT….. I don’t even know what most of those mean, but damn, he sounds really smart.
So personally, I’ll take his word for it. After all, he is currently “Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics” at the University of Cambridge. Now that is some serious title. He knows things. When he says there is no god, there is no Heaven and there is no afterlife, then he is probably right. Instead of just waiting around for heaven, he says people should do the best they can here on Earth – which actually exists – instead of waiting for later and being a horrible person now. “We should seek the greatest value of our action” he said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper in the UK. I mean, if people actually knew for CERTAIN that life was not a dress rehearsal, would they not perhaps be nicer to one another? Maybe be more giving and compassionate? Possibly not wages wars in the name of their God?
He went on to say “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.”
The Catholic Church was the first to attack his statements, with a representative from the Vatican saying “We are not sure what he is on about, as it sounds all scientific and stuff, but we are sure he is wrong.” He added “I am sure there are computers in heaven too, as God would need an internet connection to send e-mails to the Pope and surf the net.”
Meanwhile, in California, Steve Jobs (The Infinite Leader of Apple) was quoted as saying “There is almost no way there is even one PC in heaven, they are most certainly all Macs”. But a top computer geek at IBM claimed that proof of computer heaven already existed and that there was probably no Macs there, nor ever would be.
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