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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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46.

Dave    

He won't be pleasantly surprised. He will be surprised though. And he won't like the outcome. And SCIENCE is slowly (very slowly) proving that there is a creator. And that creator loves us so much He sent His only son. It only takes an open mind and proper research to find the truth.

1071 days ago
47.

Mikey    

This guy is a vegetable. He's not even the one talking through that computer machine voice. He's being controlled remotely by some mad scientist who likes to make the guy in the chair say crazy **** just for a goof.

1071 days ago
48.

MsA    

Please TMZ!! my computer just read this.....

1071 days ago
49.

Mikey    

Wasn't he in the movie Footloose?

1071 days ago
50.

E    

So why doesn't he prove it...oh wait, he can't.

1071 days ago
51.

Rhubino    

@ The Observer. He probably believes that NDEs result from misinterpretations of the neuron (mis)firings that occur because of the sudden chemical and electrical changes that happen at "death".

1071 days ago
52.

noneofyourbusiness    

I really don't care what he says. It means NOTHING to me. Why should I not think what he says is a fairytale?

1071 days ago
53.

shellysfunny    

.....to which God replied, " enjoy your chair"

1071 days ago
54.

chris     

has been there and denied entry?

1071 days ago
55.

Sig    

The scriptures tells us there will be life after death. I think Stephen is going to be pleasantly surprised. :)

1071 days ago
56.

Jim in LV    

Not sure what happens when our earthly human bodies die, but I think we go on to something else, just not sure what that is. I don't think we're supposed to know either so anyone that claims they do is bs'ing...

1071 days ago
57.

Fawn    

I agree, but it's still only an opinion.

1071 days ago
58.

kevin    

Two cents, you couldnt be more correct.! Bravo!!

1071 days ago
59.

Rotter    

Hawking is just pissed at God for trapping him in a little box.

1071 days ago
60.

Chris    

He believes in Sky Cake. Look it up.

1071 days ago
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