"There is no heaven; it's a fairy story," says Stephen Hawking. In an interview published in the Guardian on May 15, the renowned physicist said he does not fear death and dismissed the notion that there is life after it:
"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. 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."