Yesterday, Stephen Hawking's final book was released posthumously. He was working on the book when he died, and after his death his family and colleagues completed it with the help of his personal archives.
Hawking passed away at the age of 76 this past March.
In Hawking's new book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, he attempts to answer the questions he felt he received the most throughout his life.
In his new book, Hawking writes, "There is no God. No one directs the universe." Back in 2014, Hawking flat out said, "I'm an atheist," when answering questions about what he wrote in A Brief History of Time.
Hawking, like many famous non-believers before him, was claimed by some after his death to have converted to Christianity. Christians like to do this with their enemies... conveniently after their enemies have died and are unable to offer any argument to the contrary.
It really reeks of desperation if you ask me. What can be more pathetic than claiming your opponent defected to your side after your opponent has died, and conveniently with no other witnesses to back up your claim? The believers who make these claims must be awfully insecure about some of their beliefs in order to concoct these wild claims of conversion in an attempt to bolster their own beliefs.
Lucy Hawking, Stephen's daughter, told CNN that her father saw the world on the cusp of a "vast transformative change."
"He's asking us not to go into the future blindly. How good is the track record of the human race in using advances in technology for the good of ordinary people?" she said. Lucy Hawking was among those who helped complete the book following her father's death.
When talking about Stephen Hawking's greatest concern, Lucy says, "He makes this comment about how we seem to have lost the ability to look outward, and we are increasingly looking inward to ourselves."
Despite his concerns, Hawking did see some hope for humanity. Answering the question of how to shape the future, Hawking writes: "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet."
There is a whole big world out there, and we have a lot of people to share it with. The more we can recognize that, the more we can embrace our ability to work towards a better future together, the better we can make this life for everyone we share the planet with.