The story of Stephen Hawking is a paradox: The 72 years scientist does not believe in miracles ignoring the fact that he is a living miracle himself, as he exceeded the life expectancy of a person with ALS.
The question of creation has tormented men since we can remember, and traditionally people have attributed to a divine action. Today science has refined the theory of the Big Bang and the Big Bang that originated the universe is more than confirmed. Thanks to the latest advances it is possible to understand exactly what had happened microseconds after, ie, how galaxies and planets were formed. But there is still no definitive answer on what happened before, what or who caused this outbreak and what is their reason for being.
For centuries scientists and philosophers have attempted to unravel these complex questions. The British cosmologist Stephen Hawking is one of the minds that have spent most time and energy devoted to the subject. His approaches and his life accomplishments have made him a star wherever he goes where people make their way to take a selfie at his side, and every sentence he utters is without any doubt a secure media headline. Lately, as a guest of honor of the festival of astrophysics Starmus on the island of Tenerife, his words again caused controversy when he unceremoniously reaffirmed that 'God does not exist', ignoring completely the laws of physics and science that he so much have tried to defend.
"In the past, before we understood the science it was logical to think that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation "he told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. In his most famous work, A Brief History of Time, published in 1988, Hawking suggested that men would only know the "mind of God" when he managed to understand the theory of everything, which consistently seeks to unify the forces that govern the universe. The world famous astrophysicist considered agnostic, as though he could not scientifically prove the existence of a higher divine being, he had never closed the doors to that possibility: He simply believed that the concept of the divine was beyond his knowledge.
In 2010, however, he elaborated that idea in his book The Grand Design, where he declared that the universe came from nothing, spontaneously, as an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics. In short, in his point of view God is not necessary to explain the origin of everything. He has now confirmed his radical stance: "What I meant when I assured my statement about knowing 'the mind of God' was that we would understand all what God would be able to archive if he would now exist. But there is no God. I am an atheist. Religion believes in miracles, but these are not supported by science", he concludes.
That statement is no less paradoxical, because to many he is proof that miracles exist. At age of 21 he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegeneration disease that causes progressive muscle paralysis, the same that caused the anger of the Ice 'bucket challenge'. The doctors gave her two to three years, but miraclely Hawking defied predictions. Today, at 72, he can only move his eyes and cheeks. With those he controls a computer that allow you him communicate through a voice synthesizer. With robotic accent he insists that science is the answer to everything.
According to the scientist science alone is the way to understand the origin and structure of the universe. In fact, right now we are close to achieving this goal, "he adds. Hawking refers to the recent discovery of gravitational waves generated during the creation of the cosmos which confirms the idea of inflation. According to this, after the Big Bang, the universe expanded at a faster rate than light and in the process they may have created other universes, as if it were a pot of boiling water where hundreds of bubbles appear and collide. This position, known as the theory of the multiverse, sheds light on what happened before the big bang.
The British is optimistic, as for him, "there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind." Missing all the miracles that is happening around him and scientifically proven but not explained near death experiences or how the mediums have been able to speak with the death...