“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 a great​ obit, BTW.)

Robert Bohl beat me to this, but I felt it was important to point out given all the “Hawking in the great beyond” tributes I’ve been seeing. Thus, rather than wish him “RIP” or similar, I will simply honor the Professor by saying:

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6 thoughts on ““I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife…

  1. He was an asshole.
    And his willpower inspired many and his mind made us, as a race, greater.

    I can’t begin to understand his work, but I’m grateful for his strong humanist stance.

    He left a mark, he will be remembered.

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