Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hawking: Heaven is A Myth

In places like Iran, Colombia, Somalia, and rural villages in Italy (not to mention Alabama), the news from Dr. Hawking is not good.  

In an interview published Monday in The Guardian newspaper, the 69-year-old says the human brain is a like a computer that will stop working when its components fail.
He says: "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."


The dark can be scary and the finality of never existing again is even more frightening but such is the human condition.  We are the only species that from the moment of consciousness or 5 years of age,  knows that we will one day die.   Is it any wonder that the original snake oil salesmen of organized religion (those dessert rats that gave us the big three) knew immortality was the ticket to greater market share?  But the real truth is that you don't see grandma, grandpa, mom, dad and your great German Shepherd dog of childhood again--ever.  That's why we are all sad when someone we love dies.  They are never coming back and we will never see them again. We all know this.  It's just that some want to pretend it isn't so. I give religion another 50 years in the first world, and 75 in the rest.

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