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Famed physicist Stephen Hawking says heaven is a 'fairy story'

Posted May 16, 2011 by Andrew Moran
World-renowned physicist and international bestseller of "A Brief History of Time," Stephen Hawking stated in a recent interview that heaven is "fairy story" for those who fear the darkness.
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Stephen Hawking.
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In a recent published interview with The Guardian, Hawking, 69, explained that the human brain is like a computer that will shut down once its components fail.
“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,” said Professor Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
He added in the interview that humans need to live up to our potential by living our lives and making good use of it. When asked how humans should live, Hawking responded: “We should seek the greatest value of our actions.”
Hawking, author of the 2010 book “The Grand Design,” has made some controversial statements over the last few years, which has also led to discussion and ponder of critical issues facing humans, our planet and our universe.
Last year, the theoretical physicist and cosmologist openly stated that God did not create the universe. A month prior, the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom said that humans must leave Earth or face extinction. He also warned from time to time that we shouldn’t make contact with extraterrestrials because our fate could be the same as the Native Americans.
Dr. Stephen Hawking  a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge  delivers a speech en...
Dr. Stephen Hawking, a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, delivers a speech entitled "Why we should go into space"
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Hawking will be participating at the Google Zeitgeist conference in London, England where he will discuss tiny quantum fluctuations from the dawn of the universe which led to the creation of everything, including galaxies and stars.
The recipient of the Albert Einstein Medal will join chancellor George Osborne and economist Joseph Stiglitz.