Lest there be some soul in, say, the Rub’ al Khali who doesn’t know that Stephen Hawking is an atheist, let this be the definitive word. According to the Guardian, Hawking is “speaking” at a Google Zeitgeist meeting in London today, and his topic is “Why are we here?” A taste of his answer, which will infurate theists:
In the talk, he will argue that tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life, emerged. “Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in,” he said.
But this, from an interview he had with the newspaper, will tick off the faithful even more:
You had a health scare and spent time in hospital in 2009. What, if anything, do you fear about death?
I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. 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.
So let’s not have any more palaver about Hawking’s “mind of God” remark indicating a deep religiosity.