In an interview the famed physicist Stephen Hawking expressed his opinion that God and spirituality was a “fairy story”. I respect Mr. Hawking. He is a genius. But on this topic his genius does not necessarily matter. Here is the article where he states his viewpoint;
In it he stated: “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.
A little controversy is good to bring attention to his book the “The Grand Design”, which I have not read. But from what I understand, Hawking uses his belief in a Multiverse to explain the existence of life. In a nutshell, if there are an infinite number of universes with different laws of nature, one of them may produce sentient life, the universe where we currently live. Perhaps, perhaps not. It is speculation.
Brilliance as a mathematician does not mean one is brilliant in every aspect of thought. One can be the greatest physicist in the world but that only scratches the surface of the mystery of existence. When anyone imagines they understand everything, then they are fooling themselves. The opinions of even the wisest are still only opinions.
I’d suggest Mr. Hawking branch out away from math and explore other viewpoints. If I were to give Mr. Hawking advice, I’d suggest he turn his attention to the near-death out-of-body experience. For those who hold a materialistic worldview this is currently the best evidence that something exists outside of physics. The problem is math can’t solve this riddle.
The best website I know that explores these topics is Skeptiko
Unlike much of the paranormal there has been a great deal of research done on the near-death experience. If one approaches this topic with an open mind, one’s skepticism will be challenged. There may be a rational answer to the riddle of the near-death experience, but none has been discovered so far. Currently all explanations have been shot down. If great minds considered it worthy to explore such matters, perhaps they would find a scientific answer to these phenomena. Or perhaps not.
I knew someone who had the near-death out-of-body experience. And that is the answer to this riddle. Talk to those rational individuals who went through it, and judge for your self. Instead of waving your hands dismissively and pooh pooh the very idea, check it out with an open mind. We’d discover science is the surface of a deeper reality.