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Press: The oracle pronounces. Huh?

by Andrew Brown

STEPHEN HAWKING was at it again this week, with an interview skylined on the front of The Guardian: “There is no heaven. It’s a fairy story.” The actual quotation was: “I regard the brain as a computer. . . There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” A reader commented: “This shows he has never been to PC World.”

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