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September 3rd, 2010
10:11 PM ET

Letter to the White House: My beef with Hawking

From CNN's Tom Foreman:

Dear Mr. President,

So I was reading this article about how the esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking says there is no God; about how everything that exists can be explained by science, and spontaneous creation; which, I guess, is like spontaneous combustion, only not so messy.

And once again I found myself thinking: How the heck would he know?

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Filed under: Culture & Science

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  1. MaryAnne

    @TruthSeeker
    Note to all you who want to pray for me: Keep your prayers to yourself, the scientific study of prayer showed that they are useless at best and dangerous for your health at worst. Instead of wasting time praying, play with your children, help make someone's life better, teach yourself critical thinking skills.
    All that can be accomplished, regardless of prayers or not.
    What a cop out the "scientific study of prayer "...disgusting. Truth is, you will be "responsible" for your ways, if you admit a God and sin,huh? Take the easy path, and do it in the name of science...one day Science will be your demise, when it can't help save you....

    September 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  2. MaryAnne

    Make that "just" because

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  3. MaryAnne

    @Mark from Middle River
    Isn't it amazing how small minds like FastEddie can stand in judgement of someone.ust because you don't agree with him? Hmm.FastEddie needs to "slow down". Not everybody shares his love of Obama and his thoughts that somebody's party would want to find somebody like Obama
    Mayby a fool would!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  4. MaryAnne

    @billp
    Just because that may be true, is no reason to blame God! People have and will always use "religion" to do lots of things.
    Someday, people will find out that God did create all and everything, and I feel sorry for them. There will be no second chances. Your so called "intellectual" mind, will be your own stumblingblock.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • What The...

      Oh no, MaryAnne, never blame "God" for anything going wrong; but thank and praise him for every healed hang-nail !?

      September 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  5. billp

    Truly, religion is the monster in humanity's closet, still lurking in the shadows from a time before science and enightenment, always biding its time to burst its chains and drag us back into the abyss of unreason and dogma. The Christian God (for example) and its Bible have been used to justify the Crusades, the Inquisition, slavery, genocide and apartheid. Many of those spewing hatred at Muslims today will claim with a straight face they are doing so in the name of a just and tolerant god.

    Someday humanity will emerge from its intellectual infancy, take responsibility for itself in the here/now and face the universe without a crutch. In doing so, we hopefully also can discard the mind-boggling arrogance that maintains we are at the center of the universe, and that the supreme force that made everything created us in its image (that's really kind of a cute presumption, in an intellectually childish way).

    September 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  6. antonio

    God is not a bricklayer. If universes are spontaneously created is because the LAWS WERE THERE. Mr. Hawking cites gravity and how gravity, a law, came from?. There is a physical explanation but requires interpretation. Nature is made of Logos(Consciousness), both big minds. Logos from an even bigger mind, the Infinite Mind (IM). CUE: "IM and I AM." . This IM is what we call GOD and he/she/it whatever, is not an anthropoid, but as the native americans said: "THE GREAT SPIRIT".

    September 6, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  7. ur_shadow

    What do you call the ability to suspend all rationality to blindly accept things which have absolutely no empirical proof? To defend to the death something which may not be true or exist at all. To be willing to kill someone else for insulting your beliefs. Religion. Some call it faith – I call it a form of mental illness.

    September 6, 2010 at 1:23 am |
    • mitri

      I would call that ignorance. Still if all one does in the name of science is propose a straw god and then kicks it down, there is nothing wise of noble in this. Hawkings is defining the god he is disproving! under this criteria anyone can always be correct!, If hawkings were to listen to what others truly have to say about their inner and out expereince of our interconnectivity, laws both subtle and gross perhaps he would be less bombastic in his statements and reveal a deeper mind. TO have such a great thinker make such a rudimentary statement is shocking!.

      September 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  8. mitri

    if by God one is defining a dualistic god, zues-like or yaweh -ish in character, a part from it creation then certainly science might properly propose its non-existence. But in setting both the criteria and definition of the straw god which steven debunks is fourth rate grammatical manipulation.

    September 6, 2010 at 1:01 am |
  9. emeralds

    The question isn't "How does he know" when the author refers to Stephen Hawking... The question is: "How come u do not know?"

    I grew up believing in the fairy tale of a supernatural god. Then I realized it is proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that the "God" of the bible was proven not to exist. Now the more Nebulous definition people are tying to cling onto because of how they were raised and the environment they were raised in truly has no reason to exist either.

    There is no such thing as heaven nor an eternal lake of fire. (After all it would have to be fed) Therefore, we can get on with living in peace and realizing the only thing to save human life on this planet, is ourselves.

    September 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  10. Whatsayyou

    More on Moon and Occupants..a scient-i-f-i-c thing...real or not?

    http://www.ufocasebook.com/moon.html

    September 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Mark from Middle River

    "Hitler, Bush and all the other monarchs of our time " Be fair ...gotta add the "majority of America does not want health reform but I will do it anyway" Obama.

    Then again a bunch of folks still think he can walk on water so maybe he is a step above a monarch.... 🙂

    September 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
    • Fast Eddie

      @Mark from Middle River
      Having read many of your other posts, I will only say that your post shows just how incredibly jealous you Republicans are of President Obama and how badly you wish your party had found someone like that. Middle River must be a wonderful place with you there.

      September 6, 2010 at 3:34 am |
  12. Whatsayyou

    The Alla Gash Abductions
    Any thoughts? The only proof is them and the lie detector which pointed to them telling the truth
    http://www.ufocasebook.com/Allagash.html

    September 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  13. Whatsayyou

    Thoughts?

    to have walked on the moon, Eugene A. Cernan, who was the commander of the Apollo 17 mis-sion which was his last mis-sion into space before his retirement.

    In that post I left on the air a question that many of us all this time we have done, why man has not returned to the Moon? One of the most popular theories is that on the moon, there is ex-tr-ate-r-re-s-trial set-t-lements and bases, usually on the other side of the moon (the dark side), and that to avoid pot-en-tial problems with this base was canceled any project that would seek to new step on the lunar soil.

    Many of these theories have their origin in a strange bug caused by "overheated camera" which remained disrupted for over two minutes the picture and sound when Neil Armstrong NASA transmitted messages in the first moon landing of the history, not without some second margin in order to cut the em-is-sion in case something unexpected happens, it served the world.

    This unexpected problem surprised even the most qual-if-ied of viewers who were unable to explain how in such a costly project, one of the most essential elements could break down... Some time after the historic Moon landing, Christopher Craft, director of the base in Houston, made some surprising comments when he left NASA.

    Author Sam Pepper (otherwise unident-i-f-ied and he has since vanished) gave this version of "the top secret tape transcript" from "a leak close to the top", as follows:

    Moon: Those are giant things. No, no, no – this is not an opti-cal -il-l-usion. No one is going to believe this !
    Houston: What ... what ... what ? What the h- is happening ? What's wrong with you ?
    Moon: They're here under the surface.
    Houston: What's there ? (muffled noise) Emission inter-rupted; inter-ference control calling 'Apollo 11'
    Moon: We saw some visitors. They were here for a while, observing the instruments
    Houston: Repeat your last information !
    Moon: I say that there were other spaceships. They're lined up in the other side of the crater !
    Houston: Repeat, repeat !
    Moon: Let us sound this orbita ... in 625 to 5 ... Auto-matic relay con-nected ... My hands are shaking so badly I can't do anything. Film it ? G–, if these d–ned cameras have picked up anything – what then ?
    Houston: Have you picked up anything ?
    Moon: I didn't have any film at hand. Three shots of the saucers or whatever they were that were ruining the film
    Houston: Control, control here. Are you on your way ? What is the uproar with the UFOs over ?
    Moon: They've landed here. There they are and they're watching us
    Houston: The mir-rors, the mir-rors – have you set them up ?
    Moon: Yes, they're in the right place. But whoever made those spaceships surely can come tomorrow and remove them. Over and out.

    The conversation continues with Armstrong and Aldrin discovered as beings who have fallen from what appears to be another spacecraft provide them with curiosity and even engaged in observing instruments. In this situation, Houston ordered the astronauts to take all the pictures they can and act as if nothing was happening, because they will resume transmission to the public.

    The matter was serious. Despite the official denial, and regard as forgeries of all recordings of fans who gathered to dialogue, NASA was aware that a policy of "potent-ial-ly disruptive" that night had escaped their control. Something that swore they would never happen again. To avoid this, in later missions established an emergency code for the astronauts who would use it in cases like the above.

    September 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
    • Fast Eddie

      @Whatsayyou

      Okay, I see you are from the twilight zone of UFO aficionados. It is an adjunct to the usual class of religious delusions and included in the main class of how human beings are susceptible to delusions in general.
      I am very sorry to learn of your illness in this way, but I guess it could be worse. Watch out for those probes...

      September 6, 2010 at 3:29 am |
  14. Whatsayyou

    What do you think about this energy theory?

    Since ancient times when man developed the abil–ity to make logical thoughts, has always c-ul–tivated the idea of life after death. This is no doubt that humans strong at-tachment we develop for our loved ones, friends or simply acquaintances.

    Because the subject of ap-pari-tions and ghosts lacks a scient-if-ic explanation, and databases to check its existence no doubt, science has ridiculed paranormal researchers always at–tributed to addiction or fear of the unknown.

    There are many theories to explain what a ghost is, and perhaps the most popular is that it tells us that this is a type of energy, belonging to every human being, which manifests after death.

    This theory takes its basis in the Act La-vois-sier: nothing is created or destroyed, everything changes. When a person dies, that energy which to live, to be released from the physical body, floating in the atmosphere and is what many people look like ghosts

    September 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
    • Fast Eddie

      @Whatsayyou

      Your energy theory is lacking a certain something...like actual ghosts. No ghosts have ever been verified, examined, or recorded by any reputable scientist.
      So I don't believe in ghosts, myself. You are free to believe whatever, I guess.

      September 6, 2010 at 3:23 am |
  15. Whatsayyou

    What do you think about this energy theory?

    Since ancient times when man developed the abil–ity to make logical thoughts, has always c-ul–tivated the idea of life after death. This is no doubt that humans strong at-tachment we develop for our loved ones, friends or simply acquaintances.

    Because the subject of ap-pari-tions and ghosts lacks a scient-if-ic explanation, and databases to check its existence no doubt, science has ridiculed paranormal researchers always at–tributed to addiction or fear of the unknown.

    There are many theories to explain what a ghost is, and perhaps the most popular is that it tells us that this is a type of energy, belonging to every human being, which manifests after death.

    This theory takes its basis in the Act Lavois-sier: nothing is created or destroyed, everything changes. When a person dies, that energy which to live, to be released from the physical body, floating in the atmosphere and is what many people look like ghosts.

    This urban legends add that these people are a-ttached in the middle where they work, because even sup-posedly had no time for their death and so trapped in that state until they become aware that they no longer belong to this plane.

    We are sur-rounded by phenomena that can not see with the naked eye and ideal-ly we can contact them, and perhaps we can have a better awareness of what we run across after leaving to live in this physical world. Many think they know the truth, may be right, but what is sal-vageable con-clusion that each person gets for themself.

    Can you believe that at this very moment something is watching you? Do not look around, probably already gone ...

    September 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm |
  16. Whatsayyou

    What do you think about this energy theory?

    Since ancient times when man developed the ability to make logical thoughts, has always cultivated the idea of life after death. This is no doubt that humans strong attachment we develop for our loved ones, friends or simply acquaintances.

    Because the subject of apparitions and ghosts lacks a scientific explanation, and databases to check its existence no doubt, science has ridiculed paranormal researchers always attributed to addiction or fear of the unknown.

    There are many theories to explain what a ghost is, and perhaps the most popular is that it tells us that this is a type of energy, belonging to every human being, which manifests after death.

    This theory takes its basis in the Act Lavoissier: nothing is created or destroyed, everything changes. When a person dies, that energy which to live, to be released from the physical body, floating in the atmosphere and is what many people look like ghosts.

    This urban legends add that these people are attached in the middle where they work, because even supposedly had no time for their death and so trapped in that state until they become aware that they no longer belong to this plane.

    We are surrounded by phenomena that can not see with the naked eye and ideally we can contact them, and perhaps we can have a better awareness of what we run across after leaving to live in this physical world. Many think they know the truth, may be right, but what is salvageable conclusion that each person gets for themself.

    Can you believe that at this very moment something is watching you? Do not look around, probably already gone ...

    September 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  17. ficheye

    Let's see... believe in something that can never be proven based on a book written by people who thought that the earth was flat, mostly because your parents decided what you would 'believe' and you just 'decided' that being a Jew or a Protestant or a Catholic was the thing for you even thought there are thousands of religions and one would think that something so important would need to be exhaustively researched and, in fact, you might need the rest of your life to figure it out....

    OR...

    Consider the THEORY posited by Mr. Hawking who knows, from the get go, that anything he says should only be considered as a postulation or a theory which should only be considered as a fact after plenty of research and peer review which might last a century or more? I'll go with the guy in the wheelchair, not the guy in the sky.

    September 5, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
  18. coco

    Why you send a letter, to the white house, about, this scintest, argueing him about his theory?, may be he is right, maybe he is wrong, no one can decide, except our God.

    Try next time, sending some technical solutions, about some major, or minor problems.

    And its name, is, Quran, not, Koran.

    September 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  19. Daniel

    Well... in science, they use these things called "facts" to create theories that help to explain our surroundings. Let me ask a question; it may be hard for us to believe Dr Hawking now (even though he is the smartest person in the world and I'm sure he’s the kind of guy that “shows his work”), but hypothetically, if the bible was written by some unknown guy(s) today, and then Hitler, Bush and all the other monarchs of our time translated and edited it to their liking, would you really believe what is written in it?
    When the scientific community says, "maybe God didn't create the universe," everyone freaks out, but when the religious community says, "God exists, end of story," nobody in the scientific community gets upset. If you don’t agree with Hawking, then just ignore it... I'm not out there making a fuss and trying to get the bible banned because I don't believe in it. If the religious community (not just Christians of course) could learn to accept other people's beliefs the world would be a much better place.

    September 5, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  20. Jesus

    If there is a god show me a sign...................................Thats what i thought.

    September 5, 2010 at 3:39 am |
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