Ancient Aliens: proof of Stephen Hawking’s Claim that “Philosophy is Dead”

Note: This article was cited within 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 but also for a short while, 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. Surviving in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, folks have always asked a variety of questions: How can we comprehend the world by which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What’s the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy have not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.” (p. 5).

Needless to say, philosophy is still alive in academic journals, Amazon books, plus the shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is basically dead, primarily as it has neglected to keep pace because of the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. In the wake associated with stunning achievements of the Apollo program as well as the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has did not generate a favorite narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies regarding 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 with 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 too distinct from Star Wars. Here our company is fifty years after Apollo and thirty years following the Hubble telescope, as well as the dominant ideologies are still situated in cosmic narcissism and human super-specialness—pretending to end up being the center associated with universe or under 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 are able to see philosophy’s mediated corpse, where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed and so are still aflame in the us regarding 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 distances that are great relative ease. at the least this is the “wormhole” scenario depicted in touch (1997) and Interstellar (2014) . That sa > it is highly unlikely we’ve been visited, precisely because the distances are incredibly vast, the universe is really so gigantic, and our planet can be so tiny.

Yet, such a possibility (however slim) is the one reason why 2001 offers such a vision that is compelling of origins and destinies. After all, it could be an moment that is epochal 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 very attractive to me, at least the theory is that. As the astronaut Taylor says in Planet associated with the Apes, “Out there, there has to be something better than man. Needs to be.” Of course, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they might have possessed extremely advanced technologies and been seen as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Just 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 the equivalent of the black monolith in 2001 — that single artifact of indisputable extraterrestrial design or origin? Where is 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? 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, all the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a couple of mysterious artifacts, none of which may be linked to visitations that are extraterrestrial.

Where would be the “Chariots regarding the Gods”?

In my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet for the Apes times that are many along with a number of other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots of this Gods and Mysteries for the Gods, which aired regarding the local television station. The shows are currently available on YouTube, and my recent viewings confirmed almost all of my original memories of those. Both films clearly attempted 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 regarding 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 seemed to be providing “evidence” for a person narrative that was section of a larger celestial narrative away from theism that prevailed in Texas, where I became born and was raised (in a largely secular household). Initially, this thesis was quite attractive and did actually reflect an alternative model for human origins and possible destinies. It appeared like a attack that is plausible the cultural and historical orthodoxy of this age, especially the pre-Copernican ideologies of the proselytizing evangelicals within my suburb.

Upon later reflection, however, i discovered 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 as well as in a written book entitled The Space Gods Revealed that featured a forward by none except that 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 regarding the Ancient Astronauts.”2 The episode refuted the next claims: a picture 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 plus the Moai statues on Easter Island.

The aforementioned assertions are among the most ludicrous and illogical interpretations of human artifacts created by the ancient-astronaut theorists, and all are wholly unproven. The series is an attack on logic, rationality, and the nature of ev >Ancient Aliens has been on television for seven seasons suggests there are sizable audiences who are quite gullible, unable to think logically, and scientifically illiterate in many ways. Plus, you can find irresponsible and intellectually bankrupt television programmers, but that is nothing new either.

When you look at the wake associated with the Trump pres >Chariots regarding the Gods? and Ancient Aliens, virtually all of the so-called ev >never be solved.

Virtually all the claims of extraterrestrial influence made on Ancient Aliens assume that human consciousness and civilization don’t have a lot of creativity, originality, or ability to innovate. The basic idea is that, without the assistance of 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 any of the insights of chaos and complexity theory. In the end, the series represents an assault on rationality and scientific methods, not unlike all the other paranormal movies and television shows.