On April 16, renown physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking held a lecture at the California Institute of Technology and made a series of statements that certain groups of people will most definitely frown upon.
Long story short, the physicist argued that, after having spent some time (i.e. a lifetime) pondering on this topic, he had reached the conclusion that God had absolutely nothing to do with the Big Bang.
In other words, the universe's coming into being was not in any way the result of divine intervention.
According to Space, Stephen Hawking has also pointed out the fact that, while physicists keep struggling to find scientific ways of explaining the Universe's make-up and dynamics, loads of people settle for divine solutions.
“What was God doing before the divine creation? Was he preparing hell for people who asked such questions?” the physicist joked on this topic.
Stephen Hawking has stated that, judging by the observations he has carried out thus far, the so-called M-Theory best explains the universe.
The M-Theory the physicist has admitted to supporting says that multiple universes burst into being from nothing, and that these universes go hand in hand with multiple histories and multiple states of existence.
Of these, just some make it possible for life to exist, and even fewer allow the development of something such as humanity.
“The fact that we human beings, who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe is a great triumph,” Stephen Hawking reportedly said.
The physicist saw fit to end his The Origin of the Universe lecture by once again urging that humanity ready to leave this planet as soon as possible.
“We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity. I don’t think we will survive another thousand years without escaping our fragile planet,” he argued.