Yesterday, March 14, 2018, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died at age 76.
Hawking was a longstanding Labour Party supporter. He recorded a tribute for the 2000 Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, supported stem cell research, universal health care, action to prevent climate change, and opposed Brexit.
Hawking is famous not just as a scientist, but as a celebrated pop culture figure. One of the perks of being a celebrity — a perk shared by Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew — is access to billionaire convicted-pedophile Jeffrey Epstein‘s “pedo” island in the Virgin Islands.
Hawking is also famous for his atheism.
In his co-authored book, The Grand Design, Hawking wrote (see my Sept. 5, 2010 post, “No Need For God“):
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.”
To Hawking, this just happened by accident — the Ring Galaxy, which spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 600 million light years away:
I wonder how Hawking could account for the law of gravity existing BEFORE there was the physical Universe, i.e., before there was any object on which gravity could exert its force?
I also wonder if Hawking, wherever his soul is, still thinks there is no God?
Atheism is an empirically untenable belief because the assertion “There is no God” is a categorical or universal negative, which requires that one knows EVERYTHING in the Universe so as to dismiss the existence of God, just as you can’t say “There is no pink elephant,” unless you’ve been to every planet and star in the Universe, seen everything and can verify that no pink elephants exist — anywhere.
Hawking was diagnosed with the incurable motor neurone disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1963 when he was 21 years old. The average survival of ALS from onset to death is two to four years. About 10% survive longer than 10 years.
Hawking is the only known person with ALS to not only live to a ripe old age of 76, but got younger-looking the older he got. It must be a miracle! /sarc