Stephen Hawking: There is no God.

Via on May 17, 2011

“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.”

Via Daily What: “Stephen Hawking, in an exclusive interview with The Guardian, expanding on remarks made in his most recent book, The Grand Design.”

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5 Responses to “Stephen Hawking: There is no God.”

  1. Audrey says:

    Whatever, Hawking. Believe what you want, but I remain convinced that Hell is filled with blue-screened PCs and Macs with endlessly spinning rainbow wheels.

  2. JimWilton says:

    There are no computers with cognizance. There are no computers that dream or have nightmares. The analogy is flawed.

  3. Ramapriya says:

    That sounds like the sort of shallow philosophy you would hear in a bar. It's very sad that Mr Hawking clearly has not experienced himself and lives only within the mind-body framework. Without a sense of self, how does one see the selfhood of others? How can one empathise with and respect others? Mr Hawking might be intelligent in his own estimations, but I'm afraid he and his supporters are using the wrong measure. May Sriman Narayana cast His merciful glance upon him.

  4. [...] Stephen Hawking once said, “If we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we would know the mind of God.” [...]

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