Stephen Hawking imagines there's no heaven


In a new interview with The Guardian, Stephen Hawking dismisses heaven. (Image from Imaginary Foundation's Cosmic High Roller t-shirt.)

So here we are. What should we do?

We should seek the greatest value of our action.

You had a health scare and spent time in hospital in 2009. What, if anything, do you fear about death?

I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. 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: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'"