facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Hawking: Afterlife a 'fairy story'

May 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
CAMBRIDGE, England, May 16 (UPI) -- Stephen Hawking, Britain's most eminent scientist, says a belief in a heaven or an afterlife is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death.

In a rejection of religious comforts, Hawking said there is nothing beyond the moment when the brain dies.

Hawking has suffered since the age of 21 from motor neuron disease, an incurable illness that was expected to kill Hawking within a few years of its symptoms arising.

"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years," Hawking told The Guardian. "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," he said.

Hawking's latest comments follow those laid out in his 2010 book, "The Grand Design," in which he said there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe.

The book provoked outrage from some religious leaders.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Gibraltar cave art suggests Neanderthals more sophisticated than thought
2
Lake Michigan could get another marine sanctuary
3
Latvia boasts world's first net for migrating bats
4
Hurricane Katrina nine years later
5
Apple reportedly delays launch of rumored iWatch
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback