Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stephen Hawking, so it isn't so....

In today's link we read of an interview Stephen Hawking had with Diane Sawyer. Stephen Hawking of course  being that guy in the wheel chair who is always talking about the universe in ways beyond that which we understand. And he does such talks with a robotic voice.

Hawking has been an interesting figure in regards to religion. He has visited churches occasionally and his ultimate belief system has been up for debate depending on who you are talking to.

Most famously, he has argued that the existence of God can be seen as the orchestrator of the laws of nature and really traces God's action to the initiation of the big bang (and material existence coming to fruition out of nothing (ex nihilo)). . However, don't get too excited. For while this may point to the existence of a deity, Hawking defines his notion of God as "the embodiment of the laws of nature." But then goes on further to say "However, this is not what most people would think of that God. They made a human-like being with whom one can have a personal relationship. When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant an accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible."

And finally Hawking adds about the possible union of science and religion, "There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works."

I will go cry now.

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