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Stephen Hawking says there is no heaven

British physicist reveals his views on death

Famous British physicist Stephen Hawking responded to questions in an interview with the Guardian newspaper. When asked if he feared death, the scientist used computers to explain his views.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven of afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark.” His remarks expand upon the message of his 2010 book, “The Grand Design”, in which Hawking maintains that one can explain the entire universe without bringing God into the discussion.

Hawking was diagnosed with A.L.S. (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) at age 21. At 69, he has outlived the typical prognosis of others living with the motor neuron disease. Hawking reflects upon his condition as he acknowledges how long he has lived with the prospect of death, but this doesn’t mean he is ready to die.

According to MSNBC, the physicist is scheduled to speak at the Google Zeitgeist meeting in London where he will tackle the question “Why are we here?”

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