And this time it’s a bit cruder. He tells The Guardian his thoughts about death: "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."
This is an echo of the dustup last September, when Hawking's new book "The Grand Design" was published. In the book, he argues that gravity organized everything else in the universe; no need for a supernatural creator.
As for why the universe -- or at least Earth -- is so friendly to life, Hawking invokes the so-called M-theory, which imagines many universes with many sets of conditions. We're just in the universe that rolled the dice right, he suggests.
Hawking used to talk in terms of God, notes Ian Sample, the writer of the Guardian article. In the 1988 book "A Brief History of Time," Hawking said that confirming the M-Theory "would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God." But he doesn’t ask Hawking about the apparent contradiction.
Nor did he question Hawking's comment: "Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations." Beauty? Is that a scientific concept? The M-Theory itself is all numbers and speculation, although the