A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/hawking) has said. “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,” he said. In a lecture at the Google Zeitgeist meeting he addressed the question: “Why are we here?” He argued that tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged. “Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in,” he said.