I am at heart an optimist, but at times like these I despair.
On a bright note, the release of the latest book 'The Grand Design' by the brilliant Mathematician and Physicist Stephen Hawking co-written with the American Physicist Leonard Mlodinow, has been announced. The book outlines the scientific and mathematical explanation of how the big bang, our universe and we humans came to exist - and the Gods or a God is not part of the equation. That's a given as far as I'm concerned, since I don't subscribe to a religious theory - rather I reasonably put the fate of humans in the trustworthy hands of science and the genius of humans.
The idea that humans have a right to follow a religion needs to be revisited. The question of religions relevance; knowing what we know today from scientific investigations, needs to be revisited. The notion that religions are supremely good, honourable, and must exist regardless... needs to be revisited.
Just as slavery for example was revisited until thankfully, eventually it was abolished; but it took thousands of years - have we learned nothing!
If humanity is to progress and thrive, religion and other divisions like racism, multi-cultures and countries...must go the way of the dinosaurs or we humans will.
For me a human is a human is a human, and the individual should be the only category inside a united humanity - meaning, one single human species made up of billions of unique individuals working together for the benefit of all humans equally - not the present divisions of humans by color, religion, nationality, or ethnicity...constantly at each others throats.
I have declared I am an optimist, but with lapses of despair - in my despair I'm reminded of a downside of being an optimist - that being the 24 hours in everyday and the 7 days that make a week, and the 52 weeks that make a year, and the 10 years that make a decade...
And how long each hour is...
And how fast a decade passes.
For your convenience I have included the article by Laura Roberts published in the Sydney Morning Herald about Stephen Hawking's new book:
God did not create universe: Hawking
September 3, 2010 - 7:39AM
THE Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the universe, Stephen Hawking has concluded.
The globally acclaimed scientist has claimed that no divine force was needed to explain why the universe was formed.
In his latest book, The Grand Design, an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times, Professor Hawking said: ''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 added: ''It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.''
In the book Professor Hawking also leaves open the possibility of life in other universes.
In A Brief History of Time, Professor Hawking's most famous work, he did not dismiss the possibility that God had a hand in the creation of the world.
He wrote in the 1988 book: ''If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we should know the mind of God.''
In his new book he rejects Sir Isaac Newton's theory that the universe did not spontaneously begin to form but was set in motion by God.
In June this year Professor Hawking said on British television that he did not believe that a ''personal'' God existed.
''The question is: is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can't understand, or was it determined by a law of science?'' he said.
''I believe the second. If you like, you can call the laws of science 'God', but it wouldn't be a personal God that you could meet, and ask questions.''
Until his retirement last year Professor Hawking was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a post previously held by Newton.
The book, co-written by the American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, is to be published next week.
Telegraph, London and agencies
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