Hawking’s not knocking on Heaven’s door

by Me

Stephen Hawking is a pretty smart guy, right? I mean, he’s like super smart. We’re lucky he didn’t become some super villain. So why would he, A. say quite glibly that the afterlife is a fantasy and, B. say that “science will win” against religion?

Recently, The Guardian had a nice interview with this freakishly smart guy, a best selling author and one of the most respected theoretical physicists in or out of a wheelchair. He was quoted as saying that heaven is “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

And last year, while out pushing his latest book, he said that “science will win” in a battle with religion, because that question had been dogging mankind for generations. Thanks for settling that, Steve. we thought you might have the answer.

Hawking, apparently taking his cue from Charlie Sheen, pits science against religion in some sort of fantastical grudge match, the outcome of which will be religion’s facing getting smashed by a chair. But before that, he went ahead and said that the afterlife is a fairy tale.

To be fair to Hawking, this is probably comfortable ground for him. He does, after all, deal exclusively with theory — you know, things that can’t really be confirmed. So what’s the difference between say, the assertion that black holes emit radiation and the existence of a heaven?

Both are likely, um, bull flop, and the great thing is neither can be confirmed or denied.

That being said, we at DTOTW feel confident in spreading our own theory about the universe and the afterlife, we just don’t feel like it right now.

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