Hawking, who is no stranger to challenging religious beliefs, told U.K.-based The Guardian Today in an interview posted Sunday that he is not afraid of death having faced the possibility of an early death for the last 49 years. Hawking was diagnosed with an incurable motor neuron disease at the age of 21 that has progressively worsened, leaving him now nearly completely paralyzed.
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” explained the scientist about his view on death. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
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