Stephen Hawking's final book entreats readers: 'Shape the future'

Alfred Osborne
October 21, 2018

In what would be somewhat of a revelation had the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking not been one of the world's most famous atheists-and spoken or written on the topic on numerous occasions-media outlets are playing up that Hawking's final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions contains the assertion that there is no God.

The stories we often hear of people facing their mortality at the end of life is that they find God and religion, but the late great Stephen Hawking has apparently bucked that cliché.

And in his opinion, there's no such thing as the supreme being.

Hawking said, 'We are each free to believe what we want, and it's my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God.

Hawking believed that nobody created this universe and no one controls our fate, and with regard to the belief in an afterlife, it's a dream, because there is no reliable evidence it has no.

He described his claim there is no afterlife or higher power as a "profound realisation".

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In his last work (the book, which will present on 16 October) Hawking remembered another danger - the emergence of superhumans.

"If there were such a God, I would like to ask, however did he think of anything as complicated as M-theory in eleven dimensions", Hawking wrote. We have just one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe. - With a Big Bang very hot. "We need to be wary of answering back until we have developed a bit further".

'No and yes. In principal the laws allow us to predict the future but in practice it is too hard'.

"Falling into a black hole is definitely bad news". Between gene-editing and human augmentation with technology, which has already spawned transhumanist organizations like Humanity Plus, it seems that humanity will look very different by the time the robots kill us all. "There is no time to wait for Darwinian evolution to make us more intelligent and better natured".

As well as answering questions, Hawking revealed a few fears he had about the future - especially that a race of superhumans could be the downfall of the rest of us.

"Once such superhumans appear, there are going to be major political problems with the unimproved humans who won't be able to compete". Presumably, they either will die or will not solve anything. His dire prediction continued that those being outpaced in the human development race will either die out or become unimportant, leaving "a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate". "Perhaps, against genetic engineering on humans will be adopted, however some can't resist the temptation to improve human characteristics, such as memory, resistance to disease, life expectancy", writes in the book Hawking.

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