Stephen Hawking’s “Brief Answers To The Big Questions” Says Science is Under Threat

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On Monday, Stephen Hawking’s voice was heard at a London launch event when his posthumous book “Brief Answers To The Big Questions,” was presented. The book was published on Tuesday, and it’s what everyone who’s worried about humankind’s future should read.

Among the big questions, Hawking talks about different issues such as “Is There a God?” or “How Do We Shape the Future?” In between the first and last chapter, he talks about God (denies his existence), the origin of the universe and life. He talks about time travel, what’s inside black holes and if there is intelligent life in the universe or not. Hawking also talked about the prediction of the future, and other real or imagined threats from AI, aliens, or a race of superhumans.

In his book, Hawking also warned that education and science are “in danger now more than ever before,” citing two major events – the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Brexit as “a global revolt against experts and that includes scientists.”

Shape the Future

He knew that science had to solve the major challenges on our planet like climate change, overpopulation, extinction of species, deforestation and so on, but he urged young people “to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.”

Stephen Hawking concluded that everyone should “try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. It matters that you don’t give up. Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.”

Hawking died in March and in June his ashes were buried in Westminster Abbey, right between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

Son and Daughter of Stephen Hawking, Timothy and Lucy Hawking

His daughter and son attended the book launch and got emotional when they heard his voice. Lucy Hawking stated:

“I turned away, because I had tears forming in my eyes. I feel sometimes like he’s still here because we talk about him and we hear his voice and we see images of him, and then we have the reminder that he’s left us.”


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  1. “There is no God.”
    Hawkings has stated, “If you like, you can call the laws of science ‘God,’ but it wouldn’t be a personal God that you would meet and put questions to.” That’s the kind of “God” he is referring to.
    I think his definition is a bit narrow. I don’t believe in the Christian God, or any supernatural being who micromanages the orbits of subatomic particles. But there is order in the universe, there are laws of self-organization and emergent order, and I don’t think we are in a position to make sweeping statements like, “There is no God.”
    He should have said, “I don’t believe in God as I understand God.” To say there is no God is playing God.

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