Note: This article was cited when you look at the New York Times (July 22, 2018) as an intellectual counter to the emerging religion of “Ancient Aliens.”
Into the book The Grand Design (2012), Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow claimed that “philosophy is dead” (p. 5). They wrote: “We exist but also for a short while, plus in that time explore but a small the main 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 in the immense heavens above, men and women have always asked a multitude of questions: how do we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How exactly does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not yet kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.” (p. 5).
Of course, philosophy continues to be alive in academic journals, Amazon books, as well as the shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is basically dead, primarily since it has failed to keep up because of the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Within the wake regarding the stunning achievements for the Apollo program plus the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has failed to generate a well known narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies of 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 numbers of stars, planets, lifeforms, and black holes. This death began because of 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 very little awe, wonder, and discovery. The recent Star Trek films are not too different from Star Wars. Here we have been fifty years after Apollo and thirty years following the Hubble telescope, plus the dominant ideologies are still located in cosmic narcissism and super-specialness—pretending that is human function as center of the 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 corpse that is mediated where an attempted space philosophy and https://edubirdies.org cosmic narrative have crashed as they are still aflame in the usa on the History Channel.
Yet, such a possibility (however slim) is one reason why 2001 offers such a vision that is compelling of origins and destinies. Most likely, it might be an epochal moment to find a black monolith somewhere in the world or even the moon, beaming out a radio signal to an alert and curious species. Such a possibility is quite popular with me, at the very least the theory is that. Since the astronaut Taylor says in Planet for the Apes, “Out there, there has to be something a lot better than man. Has to be.” Of course, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they would have possessed technologies that are extremely advanced been viewed as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Similar to the apes in 2001, the humans could have looked upon the technologies with fear and amazement. But have any ancient astronauts actually visited Earth?
Where’s the equivalent of 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 our world 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 much more advanced and enlightened than our species, i will be open to actual empirical evidence. Unfortunately, all the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a few mysterious artifacts, none of which are often linked to visitations that are extraterrestrial.
In my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet associated with the Apes several times, along side many other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots of the 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 the majority of my original memories of those. Both films clearly tried to connect ancient astronauts to Apollo and space exploration, utilizing the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries of this Gods. Viewing the above films in my youth inspired me to read Chariots for the Gods?, readily available at the time in local bookstores. I viewed the films and read the book with rapt attention, precisely because von Daniken seemed to be providing “evidence” for a person narrative that has been part of a larger celestial narrative outside of the theism that prevailed in Texas, where I happened to be born and grew up (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 seemed like a plausible attack on the cultural and historical orthodoxy associated with age, especially the pre-Copernican ideologies of the proselytizing evangelicals in my suburb.
Upon later reflection, however, I found myself questioning the logic associated with the 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 creation of Nova in an episode called “The Case for the Ancient Astronauts.”۲ The episode refuted the next 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 and also the Moai statues on Easter Island.
The above assertions are among the most ludicrous and illogical interpretations of human artifacts made by the theorists that are ancient-astronaut and all sorts of are wholly unproven. In many ways, the series is an attack on logic, rationality, while the nature of ev >Ancient Aliens has been on television 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’s nothing new either.
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Virtually 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 basic idea is that, without assistance from the ancient astronauts, humans would be helpless and could 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 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.