Note: This article was cited when you look at the New York Times (July 22, 2018) as an counter that is intellectual 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 few days, and in that time explore but a small part of the universe that is whole. But humans are a curious species. We wonder, we seek answers. Staying in this vast world that is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, men and women have always asked a variety of questions: How can we understand the world for which we find ourselves? How can the universe behave? What’s 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, in addition to shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is basically dead, primarily because it has neglected to keep up with the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Into the wake of this stunning achievements associated with Apollo program and the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has did not generate a well known narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies of 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 with all 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 almost no awe, wonder, and discovery. The Star that is recent Trek are not that distinctive from Star Wars. Here our company is fifty years after Apollo and thirty years after the Hubble telescope, in addition to dominant ideologies are still situated in cosmic narcissism and super-specialness—pretending that is human function as center of this universe or underneath the delusion that a Creator or Ancient Aliens are looking 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 could see philosophy’s mediated corpse, where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed and they are still aflame in America regarding the History Channel.
Two Val >The ancient-astronaut theory draws upon two val > may are suffering from space travel technologies that enable them to traverse the great distances with relative ease. at the very least this is the “wormhole” scenario depicted in touch (1997) and Interstellar (2014) . That sa > it is highly unlikely we’ve been visited, precisely due to the fact distances are incredibly vast, the universe can be so gigantic, and our planet is really tiny.
Yet, such a possibility (however slim) is one reason why 2001 offers such a compelling vision of human origins and destinies. After all, it will be an epochal moment to find a black monolith somewhere in the world or perhaps the moon, beaming out a radio signal to an alert and curious species. Such a possibility is extremely popular with me, at least the theory is that. Whilst the astronaut Taylor says in Planet of this Apes, “Out there, there needs to be something much better than man. Needs 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. Similar to the apes in 2001, the humans will have looked at the technologies with fear and amazement. But have any ancient astronauts actually visited Earth?
Where’s the black monolith?
Where’s the equivalent of the monolith that is black 2001 — that single artifact of indisputable extraterrestrial design or origin? Where could be the evidence that is verifiable ancient astronauts or extraterrestrials visited the planet to enlighten our species, perform great deeds, and guide our art, technology, and architecture? Since i do believe extraterrestrial life forms surely exist and it’s possible some may be way more advanced and enlightened than our species, I am ready to accept actual empirical evidence. Unfortunately, all of the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a couple of mysterious artifacts, none of which is often linked to visitations that are extraterrestrial.
Where will be the “Chariots associated with Gods”?
Within my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet for the Apes many times, along side many other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots of the Gods and Mysteries of the Gods, which aired on the television station that is local. The shows are now available on YouTube, and my viewings that are recent the majority of my original memories of those. Both films clearly attempted to connect ancient astronauts to Apollo and space exploration, with all the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries associated with the Gods. Viewing the above films in my youth inspired us to read Chariots of the Gods?, readily available at the 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 person narrative that has been section of a larger celestial narrative beyond your 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 did actually reflect an model that is alternative human origins and possible destinies. It appeared like a plausible attack on the cultural and historical orthodoxy associated with age, particularly the pre-Copernican ideologies regarding the proselytizing evangelicals in my own suburb.
Thesis was deeply mistaken upon later reflection, however, I found myself questioning the logic of the book’s assertions and came to realize that von Daniken’s “ancient-astronaut. The book’s flaws were exposed in a 1976 Skeptical Inquirer article as well as in a book entitled The Space Gods Revealed that featured a forward by none aside from Carl Sagan.1 By 1977, Chariot associated with 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 next claims: a graphic 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 and also the Moai statues on Easter Island.
The above assertions are one of 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, together with nature of ev >Ancient Aliens happens to be on tv for seven seasons suggests you will find sizable audiences who will be quite gullible, struggling to think logically, and scientifically illiterate. Plus, there are irresponsible and intellectually bankrupt television programmers, but that is nothing new either.
Into the wake of the Trump pres >Chariots regarding the Gods? and Ancient Aliens, practically all look at here now of this so-called ev >never be solved.
Practically all the claims of extraterrestrial influence made on Ancient Aliens assume that human consciousness and civilization have little creativity, originality, or ability to innovate. The idea that is general 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 isn’t any room for chance, surprise, emergence, singularities, or some 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.