In an interview published in The Guardian newspaper in the UK yesterday, the 69 year old physicist who was diagnosed with a form of motor neuron disease at the age of 21, made clear once more his lack of belief in the existence of heaven. In response to a question about his fear of death, Hawking responded:
"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," he told the newspaper.
"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 who are afraid of the dark."
Fact or fairy tale? Are you afraid of the dark?
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