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No Afterlife for Broken Computers


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/08/25

I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail.

-Stephen Hawking

Genius is a rare combination of high intelligence, conscientiousness, and creativity. We lost one, recently. Stephen Hawking by recognized accomplishment of the scientific community, intellectual peers, and the public was widely recognized as a genius.

Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76. For decades, he suffered from “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a neurodegenerative disease.”

Colleagues, friends, family, and acquaintance, remembered him for mind-blowing books, theorization in theoretical physics about black holesdancing with him, a wheelchair and permanent ability to only communicate through an electronically produced voice, and being a heroic scientist to many.

Hundreds were in line and mourned his death at the funeral. There was a tribute in Cambridge through graffiti for Hawking. Some publications have produced albums in tribute to Hawking’s legacy and life.

Due to the ALS, Hawking was bound to a wheelchair permanently for decades. Now, it is being put up for museum offers. Also, on the professional front, and intriguingly, even with all of the professional and public accolades for the accomplishments in theoretical physics; Hawking never won the Nobel Prize.

One US expert speculated that Hawking may have been suffering from other ailments as well, e.g., polio. He will be honored within the halls of the scientific community and for being an ambassador for science.

In one of his last appearances in a film setting, Hawking will be exploring the potential futures for humanity. In his gigantic intellectual and cultural wake, he leaves behind a wealth of great quotes for the general public, even the final gift of an Easter meal for the hungry.

Though dead, Hawking did not believe in an afterlife. He died an atheist.


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