So, it turns out that world-famous British physicist Stephen Hawking doesn't believe in a "Heaven" or an afterlife. When we die, our brains shut down and then... nothing.
Death, according to Hawking, is even more of a drag than we thought. No pearly gates, no rebirth, no playing harps on cloud tops. These stories of stuff that happens after death are just that; they're "fairy tales," Hawking told the UK's Guardian in a recent interview.
But is this opinion really such a surprise?
DNEWS VIDEO: AN INTERVIEW WITH HAWKING
In September last year, I playfully branded Hawking a "troublemaker" after he published his book The Grand Design. In it, he cut "God" out of the universal creation equation. "Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist," he wrote.
In this new interview, Hawking drove home his trouble-making ways, saying, "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."