Stephen Hawking was a brilliant man. That is indisputable. But he wasn’t right about everything…
That just seems obvious, though.
He’s human and no mere human can be perfectly right all the time.
Professor Hawking died early this morning after defying the odds. Hawking was diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow progressing version of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease — in 1963 when he was just 21 years old. He was given just 2 years to live.
Despite the diagnosis, Hawking not only lived on but rose to prominence in the scientific community. Hawkins was a theoretical physicist with countless honors and accolades. He has also become extremely well-known — quite a feat for a theoretical physicist.
Professor Stephen Hawking passed away today at the age of 76, after battling motor neuron disease for 55 years.
He lived with the prospect of an early death for decades – and it made him confront its dark realities head on.
The physicist famously said ‘there is no heaven or afterlife’, describing the belief that we live on after death as a ‘fairy story’.
He believed that living your best life was more important than hoping for a heaven.
Source: Daily Mail
Living your best life… why does that sound so familiar?
Ah, yes. It’s the hooey that’s schlepped by those ‘great minds’.
Though he has never really stepped out of the limelight, there has been renewed interest in Stephen Hawking since the 2014 film, The Theory of Everything was released. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, but it was only Eddie Redmayne that won an Oscar that year for his role as Stephen Hawking.
Here are a few ‘Fun Facts’ about Stephen Hawking that didn’t seem to make it into the Academy Award-nominated movie.
1. Hawking was divorced twice.
Hawking was married to Jane Wilde for 30 years before they divorced. Hawking then married his nurse, Elaine Mason and divorced her after 11 years.
Mason was married when she met Hawking, and the two had an affair that began their relationship. There were also allegations that things went sour with Mason because Hawking had been having an affair.
2. He believed in alien life and was terrified that they would ‘conquer’ Earth.
He said on his Discovery Channel show, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking:
If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational.
3. He would deliberately run his wheelchair over the toes of people he didn’t like.
…Hawking would enjoy running over the toes of people he didn’t like with his wheelchair. So in 1976, when Hawking was invited to attend Prince Charles’s induction into the Royal Society, he gave him the business. “The prince was intrigued by Hawking’s wheelchair, and Hawking, twirling it around to demonstrate its capabilities, carelessly ran over Prince Charles’s toes,” according to the biography Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind. “One of Hawking’s regrets in life was not having an opportunity to run over Margaret Thatcher’s toes.”
Source: The Daily Beast
4. He frequented strip clubs.
Hawking became a regular at Stringfellows strip club in London… [and had been] spotted numerous times getting lap dances at the California strip club Devore, and was even said to have frequented Freedom Acres, a swinger’s club in California.
Source: The Daily Beast
5. He was an avowed atheist.
At first, folks weren’t sure because of this quote from his book, A Brief History of Time:
“It would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God.”
Which he then clarified in a 2010 book, The Grand Design:
“What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God. Which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”
He then went on to denounce faith:
Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
Stephen Hawking will be remembered as a great mind that contributed much to our knowledge of the universe.
But what does that count in the end?
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Does Hawking still hold those views about heaven, I wonder?
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