In an interview with the Guardian, British scientist Stephen Hawking explained, "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."
An according to a poll of the Sydney Morning Herald, 79% of its readers agree with him.
What do you think?
I guess if you think of yourself as a machine, and not a spirit, it would be hard to believe that there is life after death.
I think 'believing' can be a pschycologically positive thing because it can keep some people on the straight and narrow and it offers some hope in a world where, historically, life has been pretty harsh.
As for me, I am an absolute believer in the afterlife.
This belief was firmly cemented not necessarily by religious beliefs but because of a chance meeting with a stranger in a foreign country about 7 years ago. At the risk of being branded ‘odder” than you may already think I am, I will post about it soon. It was intriguing, unsettling and comforting all at the same time.
As for Heaven, well.....all I can say is .....
If there is no Heaven, how does Hawking explain George Clooney, Armedi Italian chocolate and the iPad?
Yeah, thought as much.
Note: The writer wants to be up front about the fact she is also is a firm believer in fairytales and that hope springs eternal.