Stephen Hawking says when people die, their “fairy story” begins at heaven

Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018) was an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and world-famous author. He was a legendary scientist and researcher during his time. Hawking is most popular for his theory on black hole radiation, where predicted that outer space black holes aren’t really all th...
Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018) was an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and world-famous author. He was a legendary scientist and researcher during his time. Hawking is most popular for his theory on black hole radiation, where predicted that outer space black holes aren’t really all that black and radiation-trapping, as was initially assumed. According to him, black holes actually emit radiation. After him, this supposed radiation is commonly known as the Hawking radiation.

“Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.”
– Stephen Hawking.


Hawking was involved in several other research works that made a significant impact in the world of science and astronomy. He was a versatile author, a realist, and a humanitarian concerned with opening the minds of people to the truth about the world.

At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a neurological condition characterized by the non-functionality of the motor neurons and the impedance of movement. Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life.
Stephen Hawking says when people die, their “fairy story” begins at heaven

After-life: A fallacy

In 2011, during an interview with the Guardian, Hawking said that despite not being in a hurry to die, he had no fear of death.

“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,” he said. “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. 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,” he added.

Hawking brought a new understanding of the way we view the universe. He believed that people shouldn’t be afraid of death because, in his opinion, there is nothing like an after-life. Nothing like Heaven or hell. The human being would just be deleted from existence upon death. In his regard, there is no punishment or reward for the life lived on earth, just a cessation of being.
Stephen Hawking says when people die, their “fairy story” begins at heaven

During his time on earth, Hawking defied several modern medical theories and predictions. He was expected to live only 3 more years after he was diagnosed with ALS. He lived 55 more, which remains a medical mystery to date. Hawking can be quoted saying that his condition made life “more enjoyable for him”, despite always having the feeling that he may die the next day.

Find a purpose for your existence

Hawking was a strong-voiced atheist. In his 2010 book, The Grand Design, Hawking admonished ‘the use of God as a metaphor’ and the belief in an omnipresent creator who guides every action in the universe.

“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,” Hawking wrote. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

Hawking advised that instead of worrying about death and life after death, human beings should try to find a purpose with which they would fulfill their potential while on earth. According to him, “We should seek the greatest value of our action.”