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Hawking: Life after death is possible

  • Steven Hawking, who owns one of the world's finest brains, said it is possible to have a mind running without a body. He believes this technology presently doesn't exist so it won't be available for him. 

    Hawking said he thinks "the brain is like a program in the mind, which is like a computer, so it's theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer and so provide a form of life after death." He mentioned that this technique is beyond our capabilities at this point. "I think the conventional afterlife is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark," he said. 

    Hawking had previously dismissed this idea saying he thinks the brain is like a computer, which stops working with the death of its components. The physicist was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and was given two or three years to live 50 years ago. 

    "All my life I have lived with the threat of an early death, so I hate wasting time," he said. 

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