Note: This article was cited when you look at the New York Times (July 22, press the site 2018) as an intellectual counter to the emerging religion of “Ancient Aliens.”
The Grand Design (2012), Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow claimed that “philosophy is dead” (p in the book. 5). They wrote: “We exist however for a short while, as well as in that time explore but a tiny part of the universe that is whole. But humans are a species that are curious. We wonder, we seek answers. Living in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing during the immense heavens above, people have always asked a multitude of questions: How can we comprehend the world in which we find ourselves? So how exactly does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not yet kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.” (p. 5).
Needless to say, philosophy is still alive in academic journals, Amazon books, as well as the shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is basically dead, primarily because it has did not keep up using the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Within the wake associated with stunning achievements of the Apollo program together with Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has neglected to generate a favorite narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies regarding the human species to the vast and wondrous cosmos—an expanding universe stretching across 100 billion light years and populated with 2 trillion galaxies and untold numbers 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: A Space 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 very little awe, wonder, and discovery. The recent Star Trek films are not that not the same as Star Wars. Here we are fifty years after Apollo and thirty years after the Hubble telescope, as well as the dominant ideologies will always be situated in cosmic narcissism and super-specialness—pretending that is human be the center for the universe or underneath the delusion that a Creator or Ancient Aliens are searching out for us.
When you look at the absence of a meaningful space philosophy, the hit television series Ancient Aliens (2010-) has hijacked the cosmic narratives from Apollo and 2001 and claims to describe humanity’s origins and destiny within the universe. In Ancient Aliens, we could see philosophy’s corpse that is mediated where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed and are also still aflame in the us in the History Channel.
Two Val >The ancient-astronaut theory draws upon two val > may have developed space travel technologies that allow them to traverse the great distances with relative ease. at the very least this is the “wormhole” scenario depicted in Contact (1997) and Interstellar (2014) . That sa > it is highly unlikely we’ve been visited, precisely since the distances are incredibly vast, the universe is indeed gigantic, and our planet is so tiny.
Yet, such a possibility (however slim) is just one good reason why 2001 offers such a compelling vision of human origins and destinies. All things considered, it might be an moment that is epochal find a black monolith somewhere on Earth or perhaps the moon, beaming out a radio signal to an alert and curious species. Such a possibility is extremely attractive to me, at the very least in theory. As the astronaut Taylor says in Planet of the Apes, “Out there, there needs to be something much better than man. Has got to be.” Needless to say, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they would have possessed extremely advanced technologies and been regarded as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Much like the apes in 2001, the humans might have looked upon the technologies with fear and amazement. But have any ancient astronauts actually 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 may be the evidence that is verifiable ancient astronauts or extraterrestrials visited our planet to enlighten our species, perform great deeds, and guide our art, technology, and architecture? Since i do believe extraterrestrial life forms surely exist also it’s possible some could be way more advanced and enlightened than our species, i will be ready to accept actual empirical evidence. Unfortunately, all the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a couple of mysterious artifacts, none of and that can be connected to extraterrestrial visitations.
Where would be the “Chariots for the Gods”?
During my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet regarding the Apes many times, along with a great many other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots regarding the Gods and Mysteries of this Gods, which aired in the television station that is local. The shows are now available on YouTube, and my viewings that are recent most of my original memories of them. Both films clearly tried to connect ancient astronauts to Apollo and space exploration, aided by the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries regarding the Gods. Viewing the films that are above my youth inspired us to read Chariots of the Gods?, readily available at that time in local bookstores. I viewed the films and browse the book with rapt attention, precisely because von Daniken appeared to be providing “evidence” for a human narrative which was element of a more substantial celestial narrative away from theism that prevailed in Texas, where I became born and spent my youth (in a largely secular household). Initially, this thesis was quite attractive and appeared to reflect an alternative model for human origins and possible destinies. It seemed like a plausible attack on the cultural and historical orthodoxy regarding the age, particularly the pre-Copernican ideologies regarding the proselytizing evangelicals during my suburb.
Upon later reflection, however, I found myself questioning the logic associated with the book’s assertions and came to realize 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 aside from Carl Sagan.1 By 1977, Chariot of the Gods? was debunked in a BBC-PBS creation of Nova in an episode called “The Case associated with the Ancient Astronauts.”2 The episode refuted the following claims: An image of an astronaut that is ancient 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 together with Moai statues on Easter Island.
The above mentioned assertions are one of the most ludicrous and illogical interpretations of human artifacts made by the ancient-astronaut theorists, and all sorts of are wholly unproven. In a variety of ways, the series is an attack on logic, rationality, while the nature of ev >Ancient Aliens has been on television for seven seasons suggests there are sizable audiences who will be 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.
When you look at the wake regarding the Trump pres >Chariots of this Gods? and Ancient Aliens, almost all associated with 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 basic idea is that, without some help from the ancient astronauts, humans could be helpless and may never build such great structures or make profound scientific discoveries. Plus, the show assumes there’s absolutely no room for chance, surprise, emergence, singularities, or some of the insights of chaos and complexity theory. In the long run, the series represents an assault on rationality and scientific methods, not unlike all the other paranormal movies and television shows.