“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”

“I have noticed that even those who assert that everything is predestined and that we can change nothing about it still look both ways before they cross the street”

Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76 -theguardian.com