Heaven? A Fairy Story Says Hawking

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A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said. In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain’s most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the cosmologist shared his thoughts on death, M-theory, human purpose and our chance existence. Hawking has had his zero-g astronaut training. He is prepared for any possibility.


Hawking spoke at the 2011 Google Zeitgeist Conference in Hertfordshire. The video of his talk is below. Hawking presented M Theory as the grand solution. It’s a family of different theories working similarly to a grouping of maps. He also discussed the role of cosmology, the inflation of the universe and the Planck satellite.

Speaking to Google’s Zeitgeist Conference in Hertfordshire, the author…

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