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Stephen Hawking Declares

'There Is No Heaven'

5/16/2011 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking doesn't want to rain on your parade or anything -- but he'd like you to know there is no such thing as heaven when you die. Debbie Downer!

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In an interview with the Guardian, Hawking explained, "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."

If there is no heaven ... how does he explain bacon, Bar Refaeli, and the iPad?

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AviationRM    

Poor Pentium 100's...

1198 days ago
557.

Henry Guerra    

HUMANS MAKE WORDS FROM PHYSICAL THINGS!!! HEAVEN IS THE WORD CREATED TO REPRESENT WHAT YOU CAN MEET WHEN YOUR FLESH ISN'T WORKING. NOT TO MENTION THE CRIPPLE GUYS MIND LIKE IT WAS SAID!!TMZ .. ohhhh !!! AND HEAVEN IS REAL !!!

1198 days ago
558.

Mandy    

A lot of these Christians seem to hold the belief that because Stephen does not believe in God that therefore he deserves to go to Hell. In fact, you seem to WANT him to go there. How very loving.

If there was a Christian God, I wouldn't want to know him if he gave me this brain and didn't intend me to actually use it. My brain and reason tell me God does NOT EXIST. I'm energy. And i'm fine with that.

Please read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins people, educate yourselves and PLEASE stop believing that you have some God that will treat you nicely because you're oh so special in his eyes. For the ones who made wheelchair, cripple comments... You're nasty nasty little brats, I feel much worse for you.

Life is amazing and filled with love and wonder without any need of a higher power.

1198 days ago
559.

Brian O'C    

Mighty Zeus!! Smite these blasphemers!!!11!!1!! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ah, ha!

1198 days ago
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jo neace krause    

You dont need to be a famous scientist to know there is no heaven, hell, or Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, witches. Even if Jesus said nothing you can argue with, that doesnt make him more than human, and gone forever with no coming back.
These modern day Christ Creatures are very close to the mobs that burned disenters under Bloody Mary...some of them sound like they cant wait to get out the ***gots and matches and cleasne the world of pro lifers.

1198 days ago
561.

nyb    

All of you religious nutjobs make me sick.

1198 days ago
562.

Pete    

Hey Hawking! You're a ****!

1198 days ago
563.

Visionary    

In order for Mr. hawking to know, there is no God, he would be God, thereby, there's a God. Heaven would then exist and his logic would be flawed. You cannot deny miracles, the Jewish peoples history, Jesus, his death and resurrection. Noahs ark trapped in ice atop Mt Ararat. It's easy to deny the facts and live in Lala land. Then you don't have to answer to anything, yet.

1198 days ago
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BK     

I can't blame Mr. Hawking for being bitter. Life has dealt him a serious blow. I'm happy that he has taken the lemons and made lemonade! For me, the birds, the plants the insects and all that is in this glorious earth is testament that there is a God and that he cares. Mr. Hawking seem to have forgotten the 2nd law of thermodynamics, that all things degenerate from order to disorder. (Just like my yard if I don't mow....) How does he explain that life evolved to a more and more ordered state as it cooked in the primordial soup in direct opposition to this law? Someone provided the order, someone assembled the structure. If science is so great then where is the single cell organism that they have created? Where is the tree that they have designed and grew to produce seed in itself and propagate? A supreme creation bares testimony that there is a grand creator. I don’t condemn Mr. Hawking or anyone who has posted here. We are all God’s children and he loves us…… warts and all. BK

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565.

Freethinker    

Lies about heaven and hell and afterlife all have one thing in common -- promises that can't be verified until after you're dead. How convenient. If you like your fairy tales, well that's great. Keep living in them. Don't be shocked when you are "left behind" by the people in the world who have not been brainwashed into believing childish nonsense. Get a grip. Religion is an awkward stage of human development that is going away. Soon we will all look at religion the way a young teenager looks at the cartoons he loved as a child. With embarrassment.

1198 days ago
566.

Gene     

I don't know how Mr Hawking arrived at his conclusions. For an otherwise brilliant guy, that's a foolish conclusion to reach. If he hasn't died and returned or had an out-of-body experience he can't say with any more certainty than anyone else can, no matter how high his IQ. Obviously there is only one way that anyone will know with 100% certainty if there is an afterlife. Nobody I know personally is in a big hurry to find out! Until we die belief in going on to a better place, or being sent to a far worse existence is basically a matter of faith. I like to think that Saddam Hussein and now Bin Laden are both receiving some heavy handed payback right now for their evil deeds, but that's not for me to say, it's up to God alone to decide what perfect justice is. Mr Hawking's area of expertise obviously doesn't cover theology or for that matter, internal medicine. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to support the after life theories, Heaven and Hell, etc. I would recommend to anyone interested in researching deeper into life after death info to check out some of the many books and videos on the subject. Fascinating stuff. Some of the best published expertise anywhere is from Dr Raymond Moody who has researched the topic for over 30 years.

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567.

thomas else    

WOW did not know he was so existential!

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568.

kahuna    

MURRRRRRR... there is no heaven.. MURRRRRRR.. Frickin retard!

1198 days ago
569.

KWM    

@ Maximus....A response to some of your random quotes...; my thoughts in italics

"And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence." (Bertrand Russell)

He is not offended. He gives us the freedoom to choose or reject Him. Doubt is permitted. 'Oh father, strengthen me whose faith is weak'. Russell is not responding to God, but to man's infallible interpretation of God. Rejection is to live a life separate from God, which is also permitted. "Hell" is nothing more than being separated from God's ways. In that vein, we impose "hell" on ourselves by the choices we make. We all have a God, be it securlarism, ourselves, intelligence, rationalism, materialism... there is something in our lives we all bow down to. Technology is a two edged sword, it can emancipate us or imprison us; rationality, cold, unfeeling, making decisions as if it were a linear equation.... can lead to Hitler's, Pol Pots. Poor economy, too many people, just reduce the population, they were not meant to live forever anyhow. Anything taken to the nth degree has the potential to be harmful, be it religion, secularism, atheism, materialism, rationalism, liberalism, consertativeism.... what ever ism you choose.

"Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions." (Blaise Pascal)

More persons in the world have been killed by totalitarian, fascist states where religion was abolished. Hitler killed 11-16 million Stalin is estimated to have killed 40 million. Mao Tse tung 72 million. So communists alone, who are atheist by constitution, have killed over 130 million. During the Crusades, somewhere around 30,000 people were killed.

"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." (Steven Weinberg)

Maybe some evil people just integrate themselves into religion to hide their evil. He is making an unfounded assumption that they were good to begin with. Without the arena of religion to insinuate themselves into, they likely would have found some other social haven which has that status of "good"... be it doctor, lawyer, Indian chief. Evil people have generated masks and insinuated themselves into every arena through out history. It is not restricted to religion, and the absence of religion will not prevent that. A different subsitute will be found

PHYSICISTS WHO BELIEVE IN FAIRY TALES LIKE LIKE RELIGION:

EINSTEIN:

"We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books, but doesn’t know what it is.

That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a Universe marvellously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations." (Einstein, as cited in Denis Brian, Einstein: A Life, New York, John Wiley and Sons, 1996, 186).


"The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior Reasoning Power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible Universe, forms my idea of God." (Einstein, as cited in Libby Anfinsen 1995).

MAX PLANCK - Nobel Prize winning physicist

To the question of The Observer, "Do you think that consciousness can be explained in terms of matter?" Max Planck replied:

"No, I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness." (Planck, as cited in de Purucker 1940, ch. 13).

SCHROEDINGER Nobel WInner in Phsyics

"In the presentation of a scientific problem, the other player is the good Lord. He has not only set the problem but also has devised the rules of the game – but they are not completely known, half of them are left for you to discover or to deduce.

The uncertainty is how many of the rules God himself has permanently ordained, and how many apparently are caused by your own mental inertia, while the solution generally becomes possible only through freedom from its limitations. This is perhaps the most exciting thing in the game." (Schroedinger, as cited in Moore 1990, 348)."

WERNER HEISENBERG – NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSICS

"The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you." ["Der erste Trunk aus dem Becher der Naturwissenschaft macht atheistisch, aber auf dem Grund des Bechers wartet Gott."] (Heisenberg, as cited in Hildebrand 1988, 10).

CHARLES TOWNES NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSICS

To the inquiry, "What do you think about the existence of God?" Charles Townes gave the following answer: "I strongly believe in the existence of God, based on intuition, observations, logic, and also scientific knowledge." (Townes 2002a).

Either the Holy Spirit speaks to you, or it doesn't. And if it doesn't, it's because you have your door closed, windows shut, and he does not shout or scream at us. You have chosen a different God which blocks your ears.

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phyl    

He's a freak, and that anyone would even listen to him is amazing to me...how would he know.. noone knows, but if you don't believe and there is, well then, your in big trouble, aren't cha!

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