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

Note: This article was cited into 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 but for a few days, as well as in that time explore but a little part of the universe that is whole. But humans are a species that are curious. We wonder, we seek answers. Located in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, people have always asked a variety of questions: just how can we comprehend the world by 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, and also the philosophy that is shrinking at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is essentially dead, primarily because it has did not carry on with with all the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Into the wake for the stunning achievements regarding the Apollo program and the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has neglected to generate a favorite narrative that is cosmic 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 numbers of stars, planets, lifeforms, and black holes. This death began utilizing 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 distinct from Star Wars. Here we are fifty years after Apollo and thirty years after the Hubble telescope, in addition to dominant ideologies are nevertheless based in cosmic narcissism and super-specialness—pretending that is human function as the center regarding the universe or beneath the delusion that a Creator or Ancient Aliens are searching out for us.

Within 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 explain humanity’s origins and destiny into the universe. In Ancient Aliens, we can see philosophy’s mediated corpse, where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed and are usually still aflame in America from 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 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 the 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 even the moon, beaming out a radio signal to an alert and curious species. Such a possibility is quite appealing to me, at the least in theory. Whilst the astronaut Taylor says in Planet of the Apes, “Out there, there has to be something a lot better than man. Needs to be.” Of course, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they might have possessed technologies that are extremely advanced been viewed as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Much like the apes in 2001, the humans could have looked upon the technologies with amazement and fear. But have any astronauts that are ancient visited Earth?

Where’s the black monolith?

Where’s roughly the same as the black monolith in 2001 — that single artifact of indisputable extraterrestrial design or origin? Where may 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? 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 of the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a few mysterious artifacts, none of which can be attached to visitations that are extraterrestrial.

Where are the “Chariots associated with Gods”?

In my own 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 for the Gods and Mysteries regarding the Gods, which aired in the television station that is local. The shows are currently available on YouTube, and my viewings that are recent the majority of my original memories of those. 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 for the Gods. Viewing the films that are above my youth inspired me to read Chariots for the Gods?, readily available at the 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 person narrative which was part of a bigger celestial narrative outside the theism that prevailed in Texas, where I was 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 appeared like a plausible attack on the cultural and historical orthodoxy of the age, especially the pre-Copernican ideologies associated with proselytizing evangelicals within my suburb.

Upon later reflection, however, I found 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 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 regarding the 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 while the Moai statues on Easter Island.

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

When you look at the wake associated with Trump pres >Chariots for the Gods? and Ancient Aliens, almost all regarding the ev that is so-called be solved.

Practically 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 idea that is general that, without some help from 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 no available 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.