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Meditation 903
Who's displaying the hubris?

by: JT

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Recently, it was widely reported that Stephen Hawking had dismissed heaven as a fairy tale.

"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.”

After one of the news items was posted on Facebook, another person, coincidently also named Stephen responded in two posts by writing:

Stephen: What in the COSMOS gives Stephen Hawking, a physicist, the authority to comment on metaphysics? Answer: nothing but hubris.

So apparently, having an area of expertise disqualifies a person from from commenting on religious belief. Believers are allowed to say "This is the way it is," based on ideas which have no foundation in reality and those who study reality are not allowed to comment?

Stephen: I mean most intellectuals stick to their area of expertise and maintain a humble silence about things they can't possibly understand.

Something which cannot possibly be understood can be claimed to exist by a believer with no expertise in any field, but a non-believer isn't allowed to challenge the claim.

Who's really displaying hubris here? I suggest it is the one who claims his religious beliefs are not subject to challenge.