April 19, 2019

Stephen Hawking labels heaven a “fairy story”

Some welfare bludgers could learn a lot from Stephen Hawking about working on despite considerable difficulties.

Renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking has labelled heaven a “fairy story” for people afraid of the dark.

In an interview with UK newspaper The Guardian, the author of 1988 international best-seller A Brief History of Time said that his conclisions about religion were partly influenced by his battle with motor neurone disease.

“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first,” he said.

“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.”

Hawking’s stance on religion has hardened significantly in recent years. In A Brief History of Time he suggested that the idea of a divine being was not necessarily incompatible with a scientific understanding of the Universe.

But in his 2010 book The Grand Design he said a deity no longer has any place in theories on the creation of the universe in the light of a series of developments in physics.

Hawking has made a tremendous contribution to our understanding of the universe. He is also a tremendous role model of someone who has lived with a debilitating disease all his adult life and achieved great things in spite of it.

On the subject of heaven and creators however newswarped is forced to part company with professor Hawking, but that is ok. One of the good things most of us enjoy, is freedom of speech and the sharing of ideas. Healthy debate is always preferred over entrenched ignorance.