Note: This article was cited in the New York Times (July 22, 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, plus in that time explore but a little area of the whole universe. But humans are a species that are curious. We wonder, we seek answers. Surviving in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing during the immense heavens above, individuals have always asked a multitude of questions: just how can we comprehend the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not 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 philosophy that is shrinking at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is essentially dead, primarily as it has did not keep pace using the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Into the wake associated with stunning achievements of this Apollo program as well as the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has neglected to generate a well known cosmic narrative that integrates the origins and destinies for 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 philosophical failure is 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 we are fifty years after Apollo and thirty years following the Hubble telescope, plus the dominant ideologies will always be based in cosmic narcissism and human super-specialness—pretending to end up being the center regarding the 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 consequently they are still aflame in the us on the History Channel.
Two Val >The ancient-astronaut theory draws upon two val > may have developed space travel technologies that enable them to traverse the great distances with relative ease. At least that’s 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 one reason why 2001 offers such a vision that is compelling of 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 very popular with me, at the least in theory. Because the astronaut Taylor says in Planet regarding the Apes, “Out there, there must be something a lot better than man. Needs to be.” Needless to say, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they might have possessed extremely advanced technologies and been viewed as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Similar to 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 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 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 could be far more advanced and enlightened than our species, I am available to actual empirical evidence. Unfortunately, all of the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a few mysterious artifacts, none of that can be linked to visitations that are extraterrestrial.
Where are the “Chariots of the Gods”?
Within my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet regarding the Apes several times, along with a number of other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots of this Gods and Mysteries associated with the Gods, which aired in the local television station. 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 crucial link connect astronauts that are ancient Apollo and space exploration, with the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries of this Gods. Viewing the above films in my youth inspired us to read Chariots of the 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 human narrative which was section of a more substantial celestial narrative beyond your theism that prevailed in Texas, where I was born and was raised (in a largely secular household). Initially, this thesis was quite attractive and appeared to 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 the age, especially the pre-Copernican ideologies associated with the proselytizing evangelicals in my own suburb.
Upon later reflection, however, i discovered 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 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 of this 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 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 above assertions are one of the most ludicrous and illogical interpretations of human artifacts created by the ancient-astronaut theorists, and all sorts of 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 will 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 associated with the Gods? and Ancient Aliens, virtually all associated with so-called ev >never be solved.
Practically all the claims of extraterrestrial influence made on Ancient Aliens assume that human civilization and consciousness have little creativity, originality, or capacity to innovate. The basic idea is that, without the assistance of the ancient astronauts, humans will 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. The series represents an assault on rationality and scientific methods, not unlike all other paranormal movies and television shows in the end.