Stephen Hawking: Heaven fairytale & Life after death invented by scared people

Discussion in 'The Coffee House' started by flyingdutchmen, May 16, 2011.

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  1. flyingdutchmen

    flyingdutchmen Well-Known Member

  2. 1izombie

    1izombie Well-Known Member

    not much to discuss i would think...I happen to agree with him...lots don't agree with him..err :unsure:
  3. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    I thought this guy was supposed to be a source of profound thought. Please get back to physics, this is unnecessary and well-trodden.
  4. Mr Stewart

    Mr Stewart Well-Known Member

    To be fair, it's not like he's trumpeting the god angle as forefront argument. He's doing a speech on M-theory. The question of god was asked, he simply answered in kind.
  5. SentinelMG

    SentinelMG Active Member

    Believe it or not, this is not very far off from physics. As harrachos stated, it was in response to a question. What's more, physicists routinely deal with what it means for space and time to exist (and one that has a beginning at that). There are many reasons not to believe in the existence of God, and Hawking is coming at it from a purely scientific standpoint: "Well, the concept isn't necessary, we're just making up a step to describe what we don't know." Whether or not you agree with his views, the fact is that science shows no reason for there to be either a God or an afterlife, and this is something I'm sure he's thought a lot about. Basically, logic and belief in God are deeply intertwined one way or another, so it's a natural side effect of his work.

    Personally, I agree with him on both accounts.
  6. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    Okay, so he's not going out of his way to do this. That's a bit different than my initial thought... Still, there's no story in it.

    Equivalent headline: "Physicist doesn't believe in God". Well, duh. It's not a story, it's a given.
  7. Mr Stewart

    Mr Stewart Well-Known Member

    Gotta insert the hook into the headline. Grab eyes. Move copy.

    sigh... that's the world we live in.
  8. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    Absolutely agree with him,only deluded and frightened people believe in god.Sorry if that offends anyone but it's the truth and you won't find many people of science that believe.
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