Stephen Hawking is a name known all over the world, across all religions and nationalities, irrespective of sex, race or color. He was an inspiration when he was alive and continues to be an example of steadfastness and determination today.
Yesterday, i.e., on 16th October 2018, Hawking’s final book got published that basically debunks the theory of God and stipulates no God is looking over us all. The late physicist took up yet another debatable issue of monumental proportions, i.e., the existence of higher power looking out for all of us and refuted the entire concept of God as we know it.
Stephen Hawking’s philosophy
In a chapter titled “Brief Answers to The Big Questions,” Hawking addresses the subject of the presence of God amidst us and says, "There is no God. No one directs the universe.” If that were not a bold statement in itself, he goes on to say, “For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God. I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature.”
Even during his life, he was very candid about his incredulity of the existence of God, and he took every opportunity he was presented to share his opinion or the absence of belief in the presence of God. In his book , he also vehemently writes, "There are forms of intelligent life out there. We need to be wary of answering back until we have developed a bit further."
While he assertively refuted the idea of God, he expressed his belief in time travel, alien life and the power of artificial intelligence that might just succeed in ruling out the intelligence of human beings.
Hawking’s statements and concerns
Another one of Hawking’s convincing statements in the book says, "We are each free to believe what we want, and it's my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God. No one created the universe, and no one directs our fate."
Hawking even believed that there is no afterlife or heaven and hell. Once you die, you return to dust, and any other belief is just plain “wishful thinking.”
For those who do believe in God, he presented a question in the book asking them, "If there were such a God, I would like to ask, however, did he think of anything as complicated as M-theory in eleven dimensions.”
During the majority of his adult life, Hawking had a major disability due to a neurodegenerative disorder called Lou Gehrig's. The scientist was still working on the book when he breathed his last in March this year.
This was when his family and colleagues decided to finish the book for him and get this unquestionable addition to the human history in the archives.
Despite Stephen’s ideas and disbelief in God and afterlife, his contributions to the world in the field of science and his undying perseverance is a true source of inspiration for countless people worldwide.