Science is dead . . .
So, Stephen Hawking has pronounced that "philosophy is dead". What he fails to realise is that science is dead without certain metaphysical assumptions to underpin it.
For example how can you conduct science without a belief in consciousness, the laws of logic and reasoning, the reality of the external world, or a relationship between the mind and the outside world? None of these assumptions can be proven scientifically, yet they are all reasonable.
The birth of modern science took place in the context of fundamental metaphysical assumptions about the reasonableness of the universe which came out of theism.
Furthermore the statement "Philosophy is dead" is not an empirically verifiable scientific statement; it is a philosophical statement and therefore self-refuting.
Alan Darley, Nottingham