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Is Hawking right to attack philosophy?

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking has declared that religion and philosophy are no longer necessary to explain the universe.

"Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in physics and biology. As a result, their discussions seem increasingly outdated and irrelevant," he told the programme.

"God is unnecessary, science can explain the universe without the need for a creator".

Professor of synaptic pharmacology Baroness Greenfield and philosopher Professor AC Grayling discuss whether science has now replaced other forms of human enquiry.


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