Ancient Aliens: proof of Stephen Hawking’s Claim that “Philosophy is Dead”
Note: This article was cited into the New York Times (July 22, 2018) as an intellectual counter to the emerging religion of “Ancient Aliens.”
When you look at the book The Grand Design (2012), Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow claimed that “philosophy is dead” (p. 5). They wrote: “We exist but also for a short while, as well as in that time explore but a tiny area of the whole universe. But humans are a curious species. We wonder, we seek answers. Surviving in this vast world that is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing during the immense heavens above, individuals have always asked a multitude of questions: how do we understand the world for which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What’s my essay the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy have not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.” (p. 5).
Of course, philosophy is still alive in academic journals, Amazon books, therefore the shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is largely dead, primarily as it has did not keep pace with all the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Into the wake for the stunning achievements regarding the Apollo program in addition to Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has failed to generate a favorite cosmic narrative that integrates the origins and destinies of the human species into the vast and wondrous cosmos—an expanding universe stretching across 100 billion light years and populated with 2 trillion galaxies and untold variety of stars, planets, lifeforms, and black holes. This death began aided by the crash of Apollo 8 and Earthrise.
This cosmic and failure that is philosophical ev >2001: an area Odyssey (1968) and Interstellar (2014), Hollywood populates the expanding universe with endless monsters (ex: the Alien series) and apocalyptic warfare (ex: Star Wars), complimented by almost no awe, wonder, and discovery. The recent Star Trek films are not too not the same as Star Wars. Here we are fifty years after Apollo and thirty years following the Hubble telescope, and the dominant ideologies are still based in cosmic narcissism and super-specialness—pretending that is human be the center for the universe or beneath the delusion that a Creator or Ancient Aliens are searching out for us.
The hit television series Ancient Aliens (2010-) has hijacked the cosmic narratives from Apollo and 2001 and claims to explain humanity’s origins and destiny in the universe in the absence of a meaningful space philosophy. In Ancient Aliens, we can see philosophy’s mediated corpse, where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed and are also still aflame in the usa in the History Channel.
Two Val >The ancient-astronaut theory draws upon two val > may are suffering from space travel technologies that allow them to traverse the distances that are great relative ease. At least this is the “wormhole” scenario depicted in touch (1997) and Interstellar (2014) . That sa we have been visited, precisely because the distances are so vast, the universe is so gigantic, and our planet is so tiny > it is highly unlikely.
Yet, such a possibility (however slim) is the one good reason why 2001 offers such a vision that is compelling of origins and destinies. In the end, it would be an epochal moment to find a black monolith somewhere on the planet or even the moon, beaming out a radio signal to an alert and curious species. Such a possibility is quite popular with me, at the least in theory. As the astronaut Taylor says in Planet regarding the Apes, “Out there, there has to be something a lot better than man. Has got to be.” Needless to say, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they might have possessed extremely advanced technologies and been regarded as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Just like the apes in 2001, the humans would have looked at the technologies with fear and amazement. But have any astronauts that are ancient visited Earth?
Where’s the black monolith?
Where’s roughly the same as the monolith that is black 2001 — that single artifact of indisputable extraterrestrial design or origin? Where is the verifiable evidence that ancient astronauts or extraterrestrials visited our world to enlighten our species, perform great deeds, and guide our art, technology, and architecture? It’s possible some might be way more advanced and enlightened than our species, I am open to actual empirical evidence since I think extraterrestrial life forms surely exist and. Unfortunately, most of the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a couple of mysterious artifacts, none of which may be attached to visitations that are extraterrestrial.
Where would be the “Chariots of this Gods”?
During my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet regarding the Apes times that are many along side a great many other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots of this Gods and Mysteries of this Gods, which aired on the television station that is local. The shows are currently available on YouTube, and my viewings that are recent most of my original memories of them. Both films clearly attempted to connect astronauts that are ancient Apollo and space exploration, with all the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries of this Gods. Viewing the above films in my youth inspired me to read Chariots of this Gods?, readily available at that time in local bookstores. I viewed the films and see the book with rapt attention, precisely because von Daniken seemed to be providing “evidence” for a person narrative that was element of a bigger celestial narrative outside of the theism that prevailed in Texas, where I was born and grew up (in a largely secular household). Initially, this thesis was quite attractive and seemed to reflect an model that is alternative human origins and possible destinies. It appeared like a attack that is plausible the cultural and historical orthodoxy regarding the age, especially the pre-Copernican ideologies associated with proselytizing evangelicals in my own suburb.
Upon later reflection, however, I found myself questioning the logic of this book’s assertions and came to comprehend that von Daniken’s “ancient-astronaut” thesis was deeply mistaken. The book’s flaws were exposed in a 1976 Skeptical Inquirer article along with a written book entitled The Space Gods Revealed that featured a forward by none apart from Carl Sagan.1 By 1977, Chariot associated with the Gods? was debunked in a BBC-PBS production of Nova in an episode called “The Case of this Ancient Astronauts.”2 The episode refuted the following claims: An image of an ancient astronaut was carved on a Mayan sarcophagus, the Nazca Lines in Peru were originally an ancient-astronaut spaceport, ancient astronauts inspired various carvings on Peruvian stones, and ancient astronauts built the pyramids in Egypt and the Moai statues on Easter Island.
The above mentioned assertions are being among the most ludicrous and illogical interpretations of human artifacts created by the ancient-astronaut theorists, and all are wholly unproven. In a variety of ways, the series is an attack on logic, rationality, plus the nature of ev >Ancient Aliens has been on tv for seven seasons suggests you can find sizable audiences that are quite gullible, struggling to think logically, and scientifically illiterate. Plus, you can find irresponsible and television that is intellectually bankrupt, but that is nothing new either.
Into the wake associated with Trump pres >Chariots for the Gods? and Ancient Aliens, almost all for the so-called ev >never be solved.
Virtually all the claims of extraterrestrial influence made on Ancient Aliens assume that human civilization and consciousness don’t have a lot of creativity, originality, or capacity to innovate. The idea that is general that, without the help of the ancient astronauts, humans could be helpless and could never build such great structures or make profound scientific discoveries. Plus, the show assumes there’s no available room for chance, surprise, emergence, singularities, or any of the insights of chaos and complexity theory. The series represents an assault on rationality and scientific methods, not unlike all other paranormal movies and television shows in the end.