It appears that the brilliant Stephen Hawking has declared that there is no life after death. Interesting. He is an eminent scientist is he not? I would imagine that Mr. Hawking, while brilliant, will at some point in time in the future prove to be another very smart man who was only partially right (if even that much) about the workings of the universe. I think at one time one Aristotle had all the answers. It is likely that Hawking and his ilk have just about as much insight into the mysteries of universe as the ancient Greeks.
No life after death Mr. Hawking? Don't ya watch Ghost Hunters?
You see, we don't even have to include religion into the discussion.