Hawking: the brain is a computer

“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.”

– Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA

Hawking is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009. Subsequently, he became research director at the university’s Centre for Theoretical Cosmology.


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6 thoughts on “Hawking: the brain is a computer

  1. I can accept that our brain is like a computer.
    What I haven’t yet figured out is; where the hell
    do our thoughts come from.
    Outer space? = Perhaps.
    Two people, thousands of miles apart that have not
    spoken for years, can pick up the phone and both be
    dialing the other at the same time.
    What on earth caused the spontaneous connection?
    No answers myself, just more questions.

  2. I agree with Stephen. As he says when the components fails the brain doesn’t work, according to me the brain will stop working even if it is not used properly.

  3. I do not agree on all he said but I very much respect his courage to say anything he knows. He is a BRAVE PERSON a REAL GENIUS. I will do everything to hear his talk fully.

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