According to Stephen Hawking’s own words, he believes that everything and everyone are determined, meaning that nothing can be done or said that isn’t predetermined by the natural forces of nature, specifically the laws of physics. Stephen Hawking made a huge blunder by saying that. If everything is determined, then he’s determined also, as are his statements about everything being determined. Do you see how self-defeating that is? If he truly believes that, then why write it? It can’t be that he’s trying to convince other people that he’s correct, can it? That would be completely pointless to a determinist. If everything is determined then it’s been determined that I would disagree with him and others would see it his way, but to what ends? Correctness itself is pointless and has no meaning if determinism rules the universe.
This is an excerpt from Stephen Hawking’s book, The Grand Design.
Though we feel we can choose what we do, our understanding of the molecular basis of biology shows that biological processes are governed by the laws of physics and chemistry and therefore are as determined as the orbits of the planets. Recent experiments in neuroscience support the view that it is our physical brain, following the known laws of science, that determines our actions, and not some agency that exists outside those laws.
He then goes on to explain that the laws of physics created all of existence.
Please take a moment to think about that last statement. How can the laws of physics create all of existence when nothing existed prior to that, including the laws of physics. Physics exists because there is a physical universe; it could not have existed prior to the existence of the universe. It really doesn’t take a lot of effort to figure out that something had to have existed prior to the universe in order for the universe to have been created.
Of course, in his defense, Hawking really has no alternative. The only other reasonable belief is that there’s a God who created everything, including us, and who gave us free will as agents, as human beings. But since the Intelligent Design theory is dismissed a priori by Hawking and by all atheists, there’s only one other option and that’s materialism and, for Hawking, determinism.
Stephen Hawking is likely the most intelligent person alive right now. He’s the premier expert on physics and many areas of the sciences, but when it comes to philosophy (which is what the creation debate is based on), even a man like Hawking can say very foolish things.
The Discovery Institute wrote the following which takes Hawking’s views to their logical foolish conclusion.
Hawking Not Needed to Explain His New Book, Says Universe
Reached today for comment about Stephen Hawking’s new book, the Universe said that Professor Hawking should receive no credit for the ideas.
“You humans naively assume that ‘physicists’ exist, who discover theories,” said the Universe. “But I did it all. Me. The transitory entity known to you as ‘Stephen Hawking’ is merely an epiphenomenon of the laws of nature, otherwise known as Me, the Universe itself. Mindless physical stuff, the only thing that ever really existed, or ever will exist.”
“Hawking, and that other guy — what’s his face, Dawkins — have been stealing my royalties for years. I’ve got some lawyers working on that.”
“Anyway, I don’t know why Hawking and Dawkins, or Harris and Dennett and the rest of that crew, go on and on about ‘God’ not existing, when they don’t exist either. ‘Noted atheist authors,’ blah, blah, blah. What a load. Physics is everything, and ultimately, the only thing.”
“I wrote this article, for instance. Interviewed myself. Wrap your minds — which you don’t possess, actually — around that, you bits of unreal cosmic debris.”
If the physical laws of the universe control everything, then even what Hawking writes is determined and therefore meaningless.