Prior to his death, celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking wrote a book that explained everything from women to the universe, utilizing the theory of science to do so.
Although Hawking did not have the opportunity to complete the book prior to his death, his family took over the reins and finished what will be recognized as the ultimate guide on understanding life and the way it works.
Some of his theories are grounded in scientific evidence while others are based on his understanding of science and how it can contribute to those things we don’t yet understand. Things like God and aliens, to be specific.
According to Hawking, there is no God that exists in the ultimate scheme of things. He also discusses how although there is no God, there is indeed a group of aliens out there that have super intelligence. Here we go.
If you can’t prove it, then it can’t be real
Hawking’s mission in his book entitled “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” is to help the reader understand that all things can be explained through science.
The interesting part of his theory is that he pushes the concept of time travel and artificial intelligence as realities that we humans will soon experience—with the help of science, of course.
He explains how science has the ability to make most things possible, and he does it pretty effectively… that is until he begins his discussion on aliens and God. That’s when things get a bit…out of sorts.
Hawking says ‘there is no God’
On the issue of a deity existing to direct the universe, Hawking merely writes it off. “There is no God. No one directs the universe,” he wrote. He then goes on to suggest that everything can be explained by the laws of nature.
Much of his discussion about the nonexistence of God revolved around his being disabled…leaving one to wonder if he feels anger toward God for his physical suffering. One can only wonder considering he fails to believe in one invisible entity only to then justify the possibility of the existence of another.
Emotions and science don’t mix
Stephen Hawking is a revered physicist who is known for his scientific theories all over the world. People respect his research, admire his knowledge, and study his theories. Considering this fact, it is unfortunate that his final book contains theories based on emotion, rather than scientific evidence. He should not have argued the power of science if he only wanted to explain those things that he felt were justifiable.
If Hawking was open-minded enough to accept the concept of “intelligent life” existing in the universe, without the support of science, then why was it so difficult for him to do the same on the concept of God? Maybe he felt anger towards God, something he may have once believed in but felt let down. We will never know, unfortunately.
We can only take from his final words the understanding that scientific theories are just that: mere explanations of the world that can be verified with a scientific method.
Not all things can be measured by way of science (like love, for example), yet we all know them to exist. In his final words, Hawking reminds us that men are men…nothing more. Men with pain, anger, and the ability to make judgment calls based on emotion. Hopefully, his readers will know the difference.