So this is where it all goes, after a forty-year career in a highly theoretical field, after being confined to a wheelchair with ALS for most of that time, and with no function except brain. Following tons of highly complex mathematics (the stuff of genius), and mastering Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, as well as doing more than anyone to solve the riddle of black holes…the latest conclusion from Stephen Hawking is that God is not needed to explain the existence of the universe.
Okay, that’s hardly a new proposal. Much dumber, less accomplished people have been saying that for years. Many of them are not even scientists. But when Hawking says it, that apparently makes it different. After all, he has an I.Q. of 160, best-selling books, and does math in his head the way we do it on a calculator. So in Hawking’s latest book, The Grand Design, we are told that the universe is the result of spontaneous creation, that it created itself. Is somebody…like…going to say something here, or are we supposed to let this pass in hushed reverence? Is it possible for a smart guy to be wrong? Can it be that the brilliant scientist has strayed into philosophy? (more…)