Stephen Hawking Big Bang: Physicist Jokes About God; Makes Fun Of Pope [REPORT]

By iScienceTimes Staff Reporter on April 17, 2013 9:51 PM EDT

Hawking Big Bang comments is a hobby for Stephen Hawking, the incredibly famous physicist. His latest is a doozy: according to the celebrity physicist (the world's only!), the Big Bang that created the universe required no intervention on the part of God or any other deity. It was a strictly natural phenomenon. That's what Hawking said at an April 16 lecture to the California Institute of Technology.

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Stephen Hawking in zero gravity. (Image: NASA)
Stephen Hawking in zero gravity. (Image: NASA)

The Stephen Hawking Big Bang comments took place at a packed lecture hall. The event started with Hawking discussing a variety of historical, religious creation myths from around the world, and then moving on to older scientific theories, notably the now widely discredited steady state theory that predominated before enough evidence in favor of the Big Bang theory accumulated. Hawking then proceeded to state that all of these theories -- scientific and religious alike -- had been discredited.

After discussing the history of physical and theological models of the universe, the Hawking's comments continued with a discussion of the Big Bang itself, along with general relativity, and the evidence in favor of the Big Bang and the singularity. Hawking proceeded to discuss M-theory, more generally known as the multiple universes theory of quantum physics, which is, believe it or not, exactly what it sounds like. Hawking expressed gratitude at being in such a universe where he, as a living organism, could exist.

In between the Hawking Big Bang comments, the physicist also mentioned that the next major breakthrough would involve -- would have to involve -- dark matter and dark energy, which combined outnumber normal matter by nearly twenty times. The two forces have thus far proven undetectable by normal means, but their effect on gravitation is apparent. A true physical confirmation of either, and their nature, is the next giant leap for physics.

The controversial Stephen Hawking Big Bang comments were peppered throughout his speech. Early on, he explained that God played no part in creation and joked, "What was God doing before the divine creation? Was he preparing hell for people who asked such questions?" It's not a very funny joke, but that's not the point: epistemologically speaking, there is no room for God at the moment of the Big Bang, and certainly not before.

Stephen Hawking Big Bang comments weren't the only controversial part of the fully paralyzed physicist's remarks. He also joked about the Inquisition. Not the Spanish Inquisition, but the one that everybody would expect: the 1980s statement by Pope John Paul II, who encouraged scientists not to investigate the holy moment of creation. Nice to see the Church has learned from its mistakes over the years.

The Hawking Big Bang comments are par for the course for him; for years, he has emphasized that the universe does not demand or suggest a deity, at least not of the bearded man in the sky sort, and dismissively rejected heaven and the afterlife as a tale for frightened children. Instead, he believes in multiple universes based on physical evidence -- and in human space colonization because of the historical inevitability of our destruction otherwise. Alas, Hawking, at 71, will not see the era of proper space colonization.

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