Hawking's 'There's No God' Remark in Posthumous Book Sends Twitter Into Frenzy

Eloise Marshall
October 20, 2018

He noted that time travel is possible and that artificial intelligence would likely outsmart humans, another topic which he has previously spoken about.

"There is no God".

Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, for most of his adult life.

Professor Hawking revealed his answers to 10 "fundamental questions" he was often asked - including predicting how mankind as we know it would be wiped out by the super-rich - in his last offering, Brief Answers To The Big Questions.

"I think the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing, according to the laws of science", Hawking wrote in the book."If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn't take long to ask: What role is there for God?"

Despite ruling out the presence of God as such, he surprisingly asserts that there are "forms of intelligent life out there", saying there is definitely a need for being "wary of answering back until we have developed a bit further". "I believe the second", wrote Hawking.

In his book "Brief Answers To The Big Questions", Hawking wrote that it was "almost inevitable that either a nuclear confrontation or environmental catastrophe will cripple the Earth at some point in the next 1,000 years". In fact, the 76-year-old was working on a book at the time of his death and his family has since completed it.

And he leaves open the possibility of other phenomena.

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In other news, Lucy Hawking, his daughter, recently spoke at the launch of the new book based on scientist's articles and essays.

He also believes humans will be capable of extraordinary space travel reaching "anywhere in the Solar System within the next hundred years".

Lucy Hawking said her father saw the world on the cusp of a "vast transformative change" when he died, but was troubled over how "divided we've become".

About the younger generation, Hawking says "with confidence that their future will depend more on science and technology than any previous generation's has done".

"He makes this comment about how we seem to have lost the ability to look outward, and we are increasingly looking inward to ourselves", she added.

The physicist's final message answered what humans should do to shape the future, "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet".

If you'd like a copy of Hawking's final book, it's now available on Amazon.

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