The other day, the world’s most famous living physicist Stephen Hawking made headlines with an off the cuff remark he made about heaven:
“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,” he told the newspaper.
“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.”
And all of a sudden, people went ape shit, and several people called out the genius physicist for his statements. So who were these brave intellects who entered the ring against Stephen Hawking? Evangelical and former child actor Kirk Cameron, for one.
According to Cameron:
“”To say anything negative about Stephen Hawking is like bullying a blind man. He has an unfair disadvantage, and that gives him a free pass on some of his absurd ideas. Professor Hawking is heralded as ‘the genius of Britain,’ yet he believes in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything and that life sprang from non-life,” the former TV star tells E! News.
I do agree on one point. Hawking does have an unfair advantage…actually knowing stuff.
Then ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer pitted Hawking against a random 12-year-old kid who we’re told had a near-death experience where he gained access to easily accessible information. ABC even framed the story as one versus the other. It’s almost like this kid had some sort of internet or something.
Then a religious physicist named Scott M. Tyson criticized Hawking with a bunch of logical fallacies, which Steven Novella details in his latest article. And finally, there is some writer for The Guardian who states that he’d stake his life that Stephen Hawking is wrong, which PZ Myers references in his piece explaining how not to argue with Hawking.
I’d love to be able to say there was no clear winner in any of these battles but just look again at the people going up against one of the greatest physicists of our time: an actor, a journalist, a 12-year-old kid? It’s sad that not only do these laypeople think can contend with Hawking but that the media seems to think they’ve got what it takes to be fair opponents. That’s like a boxing match pitting Mike Tyson against…well, a 12-year-old.
Sorry media but it wasn’t even close. The winner and still champion is Hawking, who only wins this battle of wits on the grounds that he’s way smarter than you and is a leading expert in the subject.
- Kirk Cameron Doesn’t Think Stephen Hawking Is Very Smart [Nibbly Things] (socialitelife.com)
- Heavens No! Kirk Cameron Attacks Stephen Hawking for Godless Views (eonline.com)
- Kirk Cameron feels disadvantaged against Stephen… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Kirk Cameron on Stephen Hawking Heaven Theory: WRONG! (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Kirk Cameron Vs. Stephen Hawking: WAR OF THE BRAINIACS! (videogum.com)
- Stephen Hawking says heaven is a myth (seattletimes.nwsource.com)