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

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 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 curious species. We wonder, we seek answers. Surviving in this world that is vast is by turns reviews kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, men and women have always asked a variety of questions: How can we comprehend the world for which we find ourselves? So how exactly does the universe behave? What’s the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.” (p. 5).

Of course, philosophy is still alive in academic journals, Amazon books, while the shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is basically dead, primarily given that it has failed to carry on with with all the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Into the wake associated with the stunning achievements for the Apollo program therefore the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has failed to generate a favorite cosmic narrative that integrates the origins and destinies associated with human species in to 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: a place 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 that distinct from Star Wars. Here our company is fifty years after Apollo and thirty years following the Hubble telescope, while the dominant ideologies continue to be situated in cosmic narcissism and human super-specialness—pretending to be the center associated with 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 could see philosophy’s mediated corpse, where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed and are still aflame in the usa regarding 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 Contact (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 certainly one good reason why 2001 offers such a compelling vision of human origins and destinies. Most likely, it could be an moment that is epochal find a black monolith somewhere on the planet or perhaps 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. While the astronaut Taylor says in Planet for the Apes, “Out there, there has to be something much 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 viewed as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Much like the apes in 2001, the humans might have looked at the technologies with amazement and fear. 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 is the verifiable evidence that ancient astronauts or extraterrestrials visited the 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 few mysterious artifacts, none of that can easily be attached to extraterrestrial visitations.

Where are the “Chariots of the Gods”?

During my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet for the Apes many times, along side 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 from the television station that is local. The shows are currently available on YouTube, and my viewings that are recent nearly all of my original memories of these. Both films clearly tried to connect ancient astronauts to Apollo and space exploration, using the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries associated with 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 human narrative that has been section of a larger celestial narrative away from theism that prevailed in Texas, where I happened to be born and spent my youth (in a largely secular household). Initially, this thesis was quite attractive and seemed to reflect an alternative model for human origins and possible destinies. It seemed like a attack that is plausible the cultural and historical orthodoxy regarding the age, especially the pre-Copernican ideologies associated with the proselytizing evangelicals within my 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 except that Carl Sagan.1 By 1977, Chariot associated with the Gods? was debunked in a BBC-PBS creation of Nova in an episode called “The Case of the Ancient Astronauts.”2 The episode refuted the following claims: a graphic 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 together with Moai statues on Easter Island.

The aforementioned assertions are being among the most ludicrous and illogical interpretations of human artifacts made 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 can find irresponsible and intellectually bankrupt television programmers, but that’s nothing new either.

Within the wake associated with Trump pres >Chariots regarding the Gods? and Ancient Aliens, virtually all for the ev that is so-called 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 general idea is that, without the help of the ancient astronauts, humans will be helpless and might never build such great structures or make profound scientific discoveries. Plus, the show assumes there is absolutely 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.

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