Stephen Hawking Says 'There Is No Heaven Or Afterlife ; It's A Fairy Tale'

 

Editor's note - The belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said. Although his statement has nothing to do with health, (except mental health) I thought this might create a good dialog about our beliefs that results our action. 
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.
Stephan hawking on afterlife and heaven
Stephen Hawking dismisses belief in God in an exclusive interview with the Guardian. Photograph: Solar & Heliospheric Observatory/Discovery Channel

Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, shares his thoughts on death, human purpose and our chance existence in an exclusive interview with the Guardian today.

The incurable illness was expected to kill Hawking within a few years of its symptoms arising, an outlook that turned the young scientist to Wagner, but ultimately led him to enjoy life more, he has said, despite the cloud hanging over his future.
"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," he added.
Hawking's latest comments go beyond those laid out in his 2010 book, The Grand Design, in which he asserted that there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe. The book provoked a backlash from some religious leaders, including the chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, who accused Hawking of committing an "elementary fallacy" of logic.
The 69-year-old physicist fell seriously ill after a lecture tour in the US in 2009 and was taken to Addenbrookes hospital in an episode that sparked grave concerns for his health. He has since returned to his Cambridge department as director of research.
The physicist's remarks draw a stark line between the use of God as a metaphor and the belief in an omniscient creator whose hands guide the workings of the cosmos.
In his bestselling 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, Hawking drew on the device so beloved of Einstein, when he described what it would mean for scientists to develop a "theory of everything" – a set of equations that described every particle and force in the entire universe. "It would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God," he wrote.
The book sold a reported 9 million copies and propelled the physicist to instant stardom. His fame has led to guest roles in The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Red Dwarf. One of his greatest achievements in physics is a theory that describes how black holes emit radiation.
In the interview, Hawking rejected the notion of life beyond death and emphasised the need to fulfil our potential on Earth by making good use of our lives. In answer to a question on how we should live, he said, simply: "We should seek the greatest value of our action."
In answering another, he wrote of the beauty of science, such as the exquisite double helix of DNA in biology, or the fundamental equations of physics.
Hawking responded to questions posed by the Guardian and a reader in advance of a lecture tomorrow at the Google Zeitgeist meeting in London, in which he will address the question: "Why are we here?"
In the talk, he will argue that tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged. "Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in," he said.
Hawking suggests that with modern space-based instruments, such as the European Space Agency's Planck mission, it may be possible to spot ancient fingerprints in the light left over from the earliest moments of the universe and work out how our own place in space came to be.
His talk will focus on M-theory, a broad mathematical framework that encompasses string theory, which is regarded by many physicists as the best hope yet of developing a theory of everything.
M-theory demands a universe with 11 dimensions, including a dimension of time and the three familiar spatial dimensions. The rest are curled up too small for us to see.
Evidence in support of M-theory might also come from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva.
One possibility predicted by M-theory is supersymmetry, an idea that says fundamental particles have heavy – and as yet undiscovered – twins, with curious names such as selectrons and squarks.
Confirmation of supersymmetry would be a shot in the arm for M-theory and help physicists explain how each force at work in the universe arose from one super-force at the dawn of time.
Another potential discovery at the LHC, that of the elusive Higgs boson, which is thought to give mass to elementary particles, might be less welcome to Hawking, who has a long-standing bet that the long-sought entity will never be found at the laboratory.
Hawking will join other speakers at the London event, including the chancellor, George Osborne, and the Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Science, truth and beauty: Hawking's answers

What is the value in knowing "Why are we here?"
The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can't solve the equations, directly in the abstract. We need to use the effective theory of Darwinian natural selection of those societies most likely to survive. We assign them higher value.
You've said there is no reason to invoke God to light the blue touchpaper. Is our existence all down to luck?
Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.
So here we are. What should we do?
We should seek the greatest value of our action.
You had a health scare and spent time in hospital in 2009. What, if anything, do you fear about death?
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. 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.
What are the things you find most beautiful in science?
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."
 Originally Appeared here - Guardian 
Stephen Hawking Says 'There Is No Heaven Or Afterlife ; It's A Fairy Tale' 4.5 5 EYEOPENER Editor's note - The belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death,   Stephen Ha...

39 comments:

  1. Yah he "knows" it for "sure" because he has Died, experienced Nothing, while he was experiencing Nothing he Knew it exactly as Nothing, and then he came back to Life and remembered that he experienced Nothing "knowing" full well that it was Nothing that he experienced.

    Hey Hawkings, you're a Scientist and a "genius," right!???

    Then Where are your Objective Evidence that Prove your Claim!???

    Because if U Don't have those, your Guess about what Happens to us when we Die is just as Good as Mine, "genius!!!" Lol. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That was his personal view not a scientific theory

      Delete
    2. Eddie JDL: Your remarks are both shallow and fatuous. Your ignorance of reality has no effect on what exists and does not make real any religious fantasies. How would Stephen Hawking know there is neither a heaven nor an afterlife? Well, one can begin with the actual, real world, hold-in-your-hand, proof supported historical development of religion in general and any among the local favorites in particular. For instance, we know by paleontological and anthropological evidence, when, where, why, and approximately by whom the Abrahamic tradition's Pentateuch, or Mosaic texts, were manufactured as a back story giving common cause to a dispossessed and rudderless band of refugees from collapsing Canaanite city-states who were then mischaracterized as ex-slaves escaping bondage in Egypt. And, a local god of thunder and fertility from the Southern districts of Canaan -- the El after which Israel was named -- was adopted, revamped, and renamed, set above the rest of the pantheon, and eventually became the one-god-in-three. That, by itself, is how we know it's all a fairy tale. If THAT's still not enough to clue you in, you can go about examining the nature of the claims those religions make and how those claims are contrary to and wholly unsupported by reality. That's how we know, by actual empirical proof, that there is no heaven and no afterlife.

      Delete
    3. Well he hasn't proven his claim yet, he's saying it on some theories. So what you got on your side to prove your claim?? U don't have anything to claim that afterlife exists right? Except a book of couple of thousand years old, but i think you'll smart enough not to sell it here..... So which side is rational?

      Delete
    4. Nice ... and an old sage told me that "Ignorance comes in two flavors .. humble and defensive ... and its the latter that has graduated to the class of "Stupidity" while the former calls up "Curiosity" which is the tuition to the University of Conscious.

      Hawkins and others may have merged there “State of Awareness” at-one-with that reality real+m we have labeled “Singularity, The Void, The Infinite Eternal, etc., BUT … what they don’t say is that one can also remain as their primal state of Consciousness while looking at Nothing. One can simultaneously experience Nothing AND Something all at the same time, the former we call Bliss or Heaven or any other set of words one “wishes” to employ while the latter may also be called Hell for those that experience earthy life as a slave to the greedy despot.

      There are higher states of “Consciousness” where word maps nor numeric models … can neither penetrate nor return to report and Stupidity provides its own mirror for those willing to see.

      Sail on my fellow explorers. Sail on.

      Delete
    5. He is so shallow in his views and don't even want to give a damn on some of the supernatural phenomenon happening around. Shame on you Mr.Hawking

      Delete
  2. He knows nothing more or nothing less than the rest of us. He rants on for attention because if he didn't someone would shove him in a corner and turn his battery off and forget him. When he finally faces God he is going to be slobbering all over himself to explain all his badmouthing. The man is an egotistical jerk. His movie was so boring no one even watched it...who cares!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. you say he is ranting because he shares a different opinion to yourself he is an egotistical jerk i see, btw how many people watched the movie of your life.....

      Delete
    2. Paulette, I would hardly call his remarks "ranting". And he will not likely ever be forgotten given his genius and his legacy of research in physics.I would call your "predictions" of his "meeting God" rather pompous and self righteous.

      Delete
    3. Sorry Paulette , but Mr Hawking isn't ranting , just stating fact , you however are ranting and personally attacking him . This religious ranting is what we hear from all religious fanatics be they Christian or any other religion . Just look at ISIS destroying artefacts in the middle east because it goes against their religion , they can destroy them , but it won't hide the fact that we all know they existed . Religion was created and written to control the masses , the good book says you should act this way , if you don't you will go to hell . Well that's t he same as telling your child you have to go to sleep or the bogeyman will get you . We all know these people do not exist , it's just a form of control and do not forget whoever controls the masses has power and riches beyond belief , the churches used to be and still are in some places the wealthiest on earth . Some pastor in America just bought himself a private jet , dines in the finest restaurants everyday and all in the name of God . Well most people with great power and wealth just abuse that position and certainly there are a lot of them hiding behind God . Mr Hawking only stated that there is no God and no afterlife , just like there is no bogeyman , father Christmas , tooth fairy , or any other mythical entity . The brain is our make up , our soul , our being , this works on nerve and electron nerve signals just like a computer , any doctor will tell you this they are taught it in university to help treat illness . When it's gone , it's gone . nothing else !

      Delete
  3. To contend that we live and we die and are here now is simple truth. To fantasize about other things is to add opinion, which leads to ignorance. It isn't about god or no god. It is about reality or fantasy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. "Genius is one field or many becomes sluggish for rest of the field"
    His best answer is that "we should think of greatest in every action"
    Forget of all he does but still he is from the same creator from where everything else belongs.
    Let life go on it has got many colours.

    ReplyDelete
  5. "Genius is one field or many becomes sluggish for rest of the field"
    His best answer is that "we should think of greatest in every action"
    Forget of all he does but still he is from the same creator from where everything else belongs.
    Let life go on it has got many colours.

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's because he hasn't taken shrooms yet

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think it is rather hilarious that the Jesus Freaks hate when someone else has an idea or a personal theory. Hawkins is brilliant. The thinking he has done has far outpaced your thinking when you drop a $10 bill in the collection plate. Chances are, that $10 is bribery for the life you lead hoping that you can buy your way into your heaven. Nobody will know if there is an afterlife until the last moment of life has passed.....just as you don't have any idea about the other billion years before your life started. I am very glad for you if there is an afterlife.......you won;t know otherwise. Good luck to you, and throw an extra $10 in for yourself, you probably need it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "won't"........sorry about the punctuation error.

      Delete
    2. The Jesus Freaks are quite vain; they actually have the audacity to believe that an omnipotent being cares about them enough to have a heaven for them.

      If there is an after life, we're all going to hell, because no omnipotent would want useless mortals tainting his heaven. But, I guess their $10 assures them otherwise.

      Delete
    3. You are quite right. God can not look upon us, it should of been us on the cross instead of Him, but God in His infinate love, a love we could never understand, has provided for us forgiveness and restoration to Himself. You've heard you need to be "saved"? Saved from what? The worst thing that could ever happen...the second death... eternal separation. So you are right, we do deserve hell, but God provided the sacrificial Lamb, now what? People who truly love the Lord are not vain, they are eternally greatful.

      Delete
  8. People should question thier religious beliefs. The worst that can happen is you find yourself not satisfied with with other answers to ur way of life and seek forgiveness. The real problem here is indoctrination. Read athiest material. Youtube it. Fight atheism to the end. Its not a fight you can win. Theres no afterlife, so go cry about it.

    ReplyDelete
  9. As he is a scientist , his statement should be supported by scientific reason.
    Can he prove that ?
    His idea of universe is like this- Say
    some insects went to a urea factory. one asked another - do you know how this urea is produced ? who is behind all these ?
    the other answered - there is no one behind this. actually this is science that ammonia if mixed with carbon dioxide produce ammonia.
    and you know this is nothing but a half knowledge.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'll bet he did...I'll bet he even sounded like the NOAA Weather Radio guy when he said it, too...

    ReplyDelete
  11. He is a boring idiot whom is in for a big shock when his time comes, I have been investigating physical mediumship for over thirty years and I have seen and heard many spirit people in my time. This experience took place with other people who witnessed this with me. I cannot offer you proof as you would have needed to be there but I am 100 percent sure life continues myself. So dopey Hawkins look out

    ReplyDelete
  12. the hell with religion , i don`t care about religion except that i believe in a higher creative force that`s responsible for you, me , everything and the universe , i don`t what happens after this and neither does arrogant hawking .

    ReplyDelete
  13. To Mr Paranormal EVP:
    There maybe some energies lurking around. There is so much that is unknown. But just because you have a "6th sense" and hear "spirit people" doesn't mean there is an afterlife.

    ReplyDelete
  14. And for the "Religious" people.......Do the cavemen have a shot at going to heaven even though they did not get a chance to accept JC as their lord and savior? Or was this a Grandfather Clause that was not in the epic book of fiction......The Bible?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "for when Gentiles(or cavemen), who do not have the law (knowledge of the truth of God) by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves" -Romans 2:12 In other words, those who have never heard of Jesus, follow the law by nature, they are a law to themselves and naturally do follow truth.

      Delete
  15. If there is no God, no life after death, no judgement, then people like Hitler can do the evil actions that was done and get away with it. And that is the primary reason that people say there is no God, they don't like the idea that they would have to answer for their actions.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll turn that around and say that the bible/religion/believing in a god was created to make people afraid of committing actions against society. This way they would be terrified that they would not get into heaven if they did wrong things. That is why people donate so much money to church. They try to BUY their way in.

      Delete
    2. If there is a sovereign God, one who has created all living things and creation. Don't you think He knows whats in a mans heart also? It was the religious people of the day that crucified Jesus. Jesus called the religious people of His day, vipers and white washed tombs. He turned over the tables in the synagogues because they used His house, a house of prayer, made it into a den of thieves. You are right when you say the "church" are filled with hypicrates. Just because you go to church doesn't make you a Christian. What does make you a Christian is putting your words into action and representing Jesus with humility, reverence and love for our fellow men. There are some who do.

      Delete
  16. Definition of Church: Where bad people go to look good

    ReplyDelete
  17. death is for ever life is clever
    life in the universe is vastly out numbered by death
    even our own solar system speaks of lifeless planets
    the co exist with our own planet
    what is this life an entity killing another entity to survive
    what is death or lifeless simply forever

    ReplyDelete
  18. death is forever life is clever
    life in the universe is vastly out numbered by death
    even our own solar system speaks of lifeless planets
    but they co exist with our own planet
    what is this life an entity killing another entity to survive
    what is death or lifeless simply forever

    ReplyDelete
  19. Are ye awake in your dreams ? Then there's no afterlife for ya, he's right there then... lol

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm all for open discussion of this issue. My only complaint is that he states his unprovable opinion as fact. I'd like to see the peer-reviewed journal in which he published his factual conclusion.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Just because HE said it does not make it so.

    ReplyDelete
  22. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment - Heb 9:27

    ReplyDelete
  23. If u find no heaven on earth, look deeper into your heart
    www.bellofpeace||gede prama.org  

    ReplyDelete
  24. If u find no heaven on earth, look deeper into your heart
    www.bellofpeace||gede prama.org  

    ReplyDelete

Copyright © PROVEN2CURE. All Rights Reserved.   Dr. Carlo Phd Theme by CB Design.  Published By Kaizen Template - Support KaizenThemes

DISCLAIMER Dr. Carlo's clinic is an indipendant medical institute commited to treating patients and educating people on how the natural healing methods help cure, reduce or prevent common deceases around the world. We focus on various native healing and treating methods used both in east and the west. The research arm of Dr.Carlo's clinic consists of independent medical professionals practicing natural treatments for decades, reaseraching the effectiveness of widely known natural remedies against "mainstream chemical experiments" and wishing to share their expertise to empower you. CUREPROVEN is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice for ALL, as no remedy is solution for all, though every CURE we tested have PROVEN TO CURE or REDUCE or PREVENT various conditions and health risks with great success. If you have a medical problem, you should seek the advice of your Physician or health care Practitioner.