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Stephen Hawking Posthumously Asserts 'There Is No God' in New Book

Stephen Hawking Posthumously Asserts 'There Is No God' in New Book

Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, for most of his adult life.

Even after his death, there's still so much we can learn from the brilliant mastermind.

According to his daughter, who helped complete the book, Hawking saw humanity approaching "vast transformative change" spurred by high-tech advances.

"There is no God". Should humanity find a way to avoid the consequences of such an event, the demise of Earth's species "will be on our conscience as a race", Hawking wrote. Because the universe was once the size of a subatomic particle itself, it's plausible that it behaved similarly during the Big Bang, Hawking wrote.

"I think the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing, according to the laws of science", Hawking wrote in the book."If you accept, as I do, that the laws of nature are fixed, then it doesn't take long to ask: What role is there for God?" He concluded that there is also no reliable evidence of an afterlife. I think that when we die we return to dust. "For me this means that there is no possibility of a creator, because there is no time for a creator to have existed in". He says he uses the word God' in an impersonal sense, like Albert Einstein did, for the laws of nature, so knowing the mind of God is knowing the laws of nature.

While Hawking spoke of his lack of belief in God during his life, several of his other answers are more surprising.

"I am convinced that within this century, people will learn how to modify the intelligence and instincts such as aggression", wrote Hawking. He also predicts that "within the next hundred years we will be able to travel to anywhere in the Solar System". I have been to the furthest reaches of our galaxy, traveled into a black hole and gone back to the beginning of time. "Science fiction fans need not lose heart: there's hope in M theory".

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"He realized that people specifically wanted his answers to these questions", Lucy told CNN.

Hawking was concerned about how "divided" humans have become.

"He makes this comment about how we seem to have lost the ability to look outward, and we are increasingly looking inward to ourselves", she added. Hawking was deeply concerned that when the challenges that stand in front of us are global, our thinking is becoming more and more local.

As for the future, he advises his young readers in the last Chapter of book: "don't forget to look at the stars and not on your feet".

Hawking's final writings were released at a press conference earlier this week attended by his children Lucy and Tim.

British theoretical physicist professor Stephen Hawking gives a lecture during the Starmus Festival on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife on September 23, 2014.