In his final book Stephen Hawkings proclaims there is no God.

By | 2018-10-18T05:58:15+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Religion|Tags: , , , , , |25 Comments

Gee. really?

Courtesy of CNN:

There is no God — that’s the conclusion of the celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking, whose final book is published Tuesday.

The book, which was completed by his family after his death, presents answers to the questions that Hawking said he received most during his time on Earth.

Other bombshells the British scientist left his readers with include the belief that alien life is out there, artificial intelligence could outsmart humans and time travel can’t be ruled out.

Hawking, considered one of the most brilliant scientists of his generation, died in March at the age of 76.

“There is no God. No one directs the universe,” he writes in “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.”

“For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God,” he adds. “I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature.”

I really doubt that this will change anybody’s mind because those who believe are guided by faith and discount any facts which challenge that faith. 

Not to pat myself on the back too hard but Hawkins is essentially stating a fact that I discerned when I was only about seven years old. 

In my seven-year-old mind, the evidence to support the existence of God was either nonexistent or flimsy beyond belief. 

I started researching in earnest when I became a teenager and essentially everywhere I looked was evidence of a monstrous fraud being perpetrated, not only on Christians but ALL people who embrace similar superstitious nonsense. 

It still pains me that this is still a debate we are having here in the 21st century and look forward to a time of great enlightenment when people finally break the chains of oppressive religions and stumble out into the warm light of reason.

We can do it I know we can, but it is fear of the unknown and our own mortality which keeps so many of us trapped in cages of ignorance. 

Just imagine how hard it would be for a Donald Trump to get elected if the vast majority of Americans refused to suckle at the mind-numbing teat of religiosity and instead progressed through their lives with their cognitive skills turned up to eleven and their skepticism swatting traps, tricks, and misinformation out of their way as they move toward a brighter, more intellectually honest future.

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25 Comments

  1. Margot October 18, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Your last sentence may be the most erudite
    you have ever written.

  2. Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 6:37 am

    “Hawkins is essentially stating a fact”… What facts? Sounds like his word is being mislabeled as fact.

    “The book, which was completed by his family after his death, presents answers to the questions…” Heh, kinda sounds like Jesus.

    Is Steven Hawking your God?

    Just curious, this is coming from an extreme agnostic, would you make religion illegal if you could? Make it illegal for people to believe and practice their faiths? Serious question.

    • Gryphen October 18, 2018 at 7:28 am

      First off there is no such thing as an “extreme agnostic” that is the kind of nonsensical label that one often finds religious people using as camouflage to hide behind as they troll atheists.

      Secondly, the very idea that one such atheist would attribute godhood to anybody is a demonstration of a complete lack of understanding as to what atheism is.

      No Stephen Hawkin was not a god.

      But what he said was factual.

      Go ahead, do the research yourself. It will be so…….enlightening.

      • Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 8:42 am

        “First off there is no such thing as an “extreme agnostic” that is the kind of nonsensical label that one often finds religious people using as camouflage to hide behind as they troll atheists.”

        lol. Knew that would be coming from you before even hitting ‘post’.

        Further discussion on this later.

      • Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm

        Here is a little research reading for you Gryph, why don’t you just start with this, it will be so………….. enlightening!

        Mentions one of your biggest heroes, Mr Dawkins! Apparently he… is an extreme agnostic! huh, how about that.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectrum_of_theistic_probability

        • Gryphen October 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm

          Yeah, that’s not what that says.

          Besides agnosticism is really only a blanket excuse for atheists who are too chicken to come out of the closet or those lacking in intellectual curiosity.

          • Lewsiffer October 18, 2018 at 3:34 pm

            There is no shame in actually saying you are an Atheist. I was one since birth, came from a father who is Atheist who fought my mother for control of our minds. She now too, at age 60 is an Atheist. Just means you don’t believe in god, but religious freaks always conflate it with being a Satanist, which is a totally different thing and is as dumb as believing in a god.

          • Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

            No, there is no shame in calling yourself atheist, there is also no shame in being a theist, or somewhere in-between, including extremely agnostic, Like Dawkins:

            ………….
            In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins posits that “the existence of God is a scientific hypothesis like any other.” He goes on to propose a continuous “spectrum of probabilities” between two extremes of opposite certainty, which can be represented by seven “milestones”. Dawkins suggests definitive statements to summarize one’s place along the spectrum of theistic probability. These “milestones” are:

            1 Strong theist. 100% probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung: “I do not believe, I know.”
            2 De facto theist. Very high probability but short of 100%. “I don’t know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there.”
            3 Leaning towards theism. Higher than 50% but not very high. “I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.”
            4 Completely impartial. Exactly 50%. “God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.”
            5 Leaning towards atheism. Lower than 50% but not very low. “I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical.”
            6 De facto atheist. Very low probability, but short of zero. “I don’t know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.”
            7 Strong atheist. “I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung knows there is one.”

            Dawkins argues that while there appear to be plenty of individuals that would place themselves as “1” due to the strictness of religious doctrine against doubt, most atheists do not consider themselves “7” because atheism arises from a lack of evidence and evidence can always change a thinking person’s mind. In print, Dawkins self-identified as a ‘6’, though when interviewed by Bill Maher and later by Anthony Kenny, he suggested ‘6.9’ to be more accurate.
            …………………………………….

            I think Gryphen, that you may not understand that just because someone is agnostic, does not mean they believe in some magical biblical god with a beard that resembles humans and walks around heaven in a white sheet and formed the earth in seven days and provided instructions to all his prophets etc.

            Our existence could just be some mathematical equation that mankind can never comprehend. Hell, we might not even exist in the reality as we think we do. We might not even exist.

            Open your world dude.

    • Lewsiffer October 18, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Not answering for Gryphen but I would have “deprogramming” available through every insurance plan ever to get these people off the religion and into critical thinking.

      • Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 8:29 pm

        Or, you can just let others live how they want and not bother them. What works for them doesn’t work for you. What works for you doesn’t work for them.

        Who cares?

        What makes you so superior?

  3. Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Once I left god and found the Easter Bunny as my savior my life was complete. My only regret is my hunger for chocolate bunnies.

  4. Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Has anyone seen any Palin family member in any church during the past few years?

  5. JB$ October 18, 2018 at 9:50 am
  6. whose October 18, 2018 at 10:01 am

    No god?

    So just what do I do now with this gilded manger scene?

  7. Open minded October 18, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Gryphen, when you were seven, you could reason only in concrete terms. Abstract or hypothetical logic capability comes later, beginning around age 11. (See Piaget, or ask a teacher.) So no reason to pat yourself on the back if you are still stuck in the same cognitive rut at your age.

    • Gryphen October 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      What you meant to say was that “most seven-year-olds can only reason in concrete terms.”

      I accept your accidental backhand compliment.

      And yes I have read Piaget.

      “If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.”

      • Open minded October 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm

        I see what you did there, trying to change the subject from abstract reasoning to creativity. You’re proving my point.

    • Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      I, too, knew at only 7 years old that this god stuff was a crock of shit. Some of us get out of the magical thinking stage pretty early, stay briefly in concrete and go right into formal operations at a young age.

      • Open minded October 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm

        No, you didn’t. Had you reached your full adult height at age seven? No. Just like your body, your brain takes years to grow and develop. At seven years of age, no child has the physical brain architecture to engage in sophisticated abstract reasoning, not to mention assimiliating sufficient experiential learning.

        How do I know this? I taught for over 30 years, with a TAG (talented and gifted) endorsement on my teaching cert. Bachelor’s degree in education, Master’s in human development.

  8. Lewsiffer October 18, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Religion is a drug, it stimulates the same part of the brain as drinking, drugs, gambling, sex, basically all the fun stuff.

    People are willing to believe in a “god” because they are addicts. I guess we all choose our poison but the religious poison does so much harm to so many and has caused wars, famine, genocide and basically every bad thing that has happened through human civilization.

    Beer and poker never did that so I’ll stick to those.

    • Anonymous October 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Lol. Always with the broad brush of genocide. You ever hear of that nice atheist Stalin? How about Pol Pot? The list does go on if you’d like me to continue.

      Could provide you with some body counts if you’d like too. But maybe you should look it up.

      You could certainly do yourself a favor and get some edumacation.

  9. stuck at home and on my period October 18, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    What’s with the kneejerk a-la-carte exotericism? Thanks, monotheism, for paving over the human.
    It is an error in seeing a correct architecture when “believe” or ” do not believe” are presented as the only options; the creative crisis of literalism presents itself once again. Separation is fictional and does not exist, there is no need to try to force a nervous system – the connector between the astral body and the physical body – into something that it is not, or to reward the human who has “believed” his nervous system into a trance of certainty.
    The scale of belief is moved beyond as one comes to see his own nature and becomes convinced of karma and reincarnation. God is not separate from creation – that ultimate reality is identical to the self.
    Dear monotheism, in duality it is not possible to have a relationship with an Absolute Other.

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