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Hawking says “there is no God” in his final book.

 
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18 October 2018 08:01
 
Nhoj Morley - 16 October 2018 10:25 PM

Is anyone surprised by the Hawkman’s admission?

No.

 
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18 October 2018 08:06
 

I guess my ultimate response is that statistical probability, even assuming it is valid, is a basis for making a statement about probabilities, not certainty.  That being the case, there is no valid, rational basis for asserting that “God does not exist” and that “intelligent life exists out there.”

 
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nonverbal - 17 October 2018 05:54 AM

Hawking talks about the absence of God as confidently as you might mention in passing that Osiris or Apollo or Shiva are fictions. That’s how it seems to me, anyway.

Yes, but Osiris, et al., are specific gods of specific religions. He did not confine himself to any specific faith - simply asserted that there is no god, pagan, deistic, superior intelligence, etc.

 
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18 October 2018 12:01
 

Interesting distinction. I’ve spent more time than I like to admit wondering about how I’d be if I’d never come across the notion of God or gods. All I can really do is guess.

At any rate, I was also guessing about Hawking’s attitude as demonstrated by his comments. CNN’s excerpt of his comments provides only limited context, so guessing is all I can do.

 
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nonverbal - 18 October 2018 12:01 PM

Interesting distinction. I’ve spent more time than I like to admit wondering about how I’d be if I’d never come across the notion of God or gods. All I can really do is guess.

At any rate, I was also guessing about Hawking’s attitude as demonstrated by his comments. CNN’s excerpt of his comments provides only limited context, so guessing is all I can do.

We can read his book.  I’m thinking about getting it.

 
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19 October 2018 07:17
 

It’s doubtful that any scientist of Hawking’s stature is an absolutist. If Hawking did in fact say “there is no god” I wouldn’t necessarily assume it was a statement of absolute certainty or that he intended it that way.

While atheists often say “there is no god”, the majority of us don’t intend it as a claim of absolute certainty because the question of whether there’s a ‘creator’ of the universe is obviously unknowable.

But the quote will undoubtedly be interpreted that way, especially by Christians who are looking for any excuse to claim righteous indignation.

I plan to buy his book as well, so hey, maybe it’s just a marketing ploy.

 
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19 October 2018 17:31
 

If there is a benevolent God, then he’ll have a lot of explaining to do to Hawking.

HAWKING: God, you exist!!
GOD: Yes, of course.
HAWKING: Why did you make me a cripple and allow me to suffer for all those years?
GOD: Because I love you. Now enough with the questions and proceed to worshipping me for the next 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000… years. Or else it’s back in the wheelchair for you.


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MrRon - 19 October 2018 05:31 PM

If there is a benevolent God, then he’ll have a lot of explaining to do to Hawking.

HAWKING: God, you exist!!
GOD: Yes, of course.
HAWKING: Why did you make me a cripple and allow me to suffer for all those years?
GOD: Because I love you. Now enough with the questions and proceed to worshipping me for the next 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000… years. Or else it’s back in the wheelchair for you.

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It’s obvious there is no benevolent god, as evidenced by our daily human experience. But believers will never let go of the belief one exists. When someone says “everything happens for a reason” or “I’m blessed for this and blessed for that”, I want to slap them in hopes of snapping them out of their self-deluded haze. But then I’d be deluding myself.

 
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09 November 2018 16:40
 

While travelling on business this week I bought and read Hawking’s new book. I suspect some of it is an amalgamation of his previous books which I have not read but I enjoyed his simple but effective writing style that conveyed his perspectives with humility.

On the God question, he did not quip…‘There is no God’, but simply offered his reasoned and scientific opinion, without making any unequivocal statement.

One would think that in the 21st century the perspective of one of the most brilliant minds on the planet would be taken respectfully and seriously. But, culturally at the moment we seem to be devolving into an anti-intellectual and anti-science society. This doesn’t bode well for our future.

 

 

 
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