Heaven is a ‘fairy story’, says Stephen Hawking

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From Breitbart. Stephen Hawking believes that the idea of Heaven is a “fairy story”

British scientist Stephen Hawking has branded heaven a “fairy story” for people afraid of the dark, in his latest dismissal of the concepts underpinning the world’s religions.

The author of 1988 international best-seller “A Brief History of Time” said in an interview with The Guardian published on Monday that his views 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 told the newspaper.

“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.”

Stephen Hawking is a great scientist and if I had any questions about Cosmology or Physics I would defer to his greater knowledge and expertise. On this subject, however, he is not an expert. Hawking has a right to his opinion, of course, but I wonder that his opinion on a subject out of his area should be regarded with the same respect as opinions about Physics.

It occurs to be that the computer may stop working, but the part that makes us “us” is the software, which can be copied by its Programmer and installed in a new and better computer.

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