Note: This article was cited when you look at 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 however for a short time, and in that time explore but a tiny the main whole universe. But humans are a curious species. We wonder, we seek answers. Living in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing during the immense heavens above, men and women have always asked a multitude of questions: how do we understand the world for which we find ourselves? How can 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 the shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is largely dead, primarily as it has failed to keep up using the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Within the wake regarding the stunning achievements associated with Apollo program as well as the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has failed to generate a favorite narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies for 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 utilizing the crash of Apollo 8 and Earthrise.
This cosmic and philosophical failure is ev >2001: an area 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 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, together with dominant ideologies will always be based in cosmic narcissism and human super-specialness—pretending to function as center of the universe or underneath 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 can see philosophy’s corpse that is mediated where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed and are usually still aflame in America in the History Channel.
Yet, such a possibility (however slim) is the one reasons why 2001 offers such a vision that is compelling of origins and destinies. Most likely, it would be an epochal moment to find a black monolith somewhere in the world or the moon, beaming out a radio signal to an alert and curious species. Such a possibility is very appealing to me, at least in theory. Given that astronaut Taylor says in Planet for the Apes, “Out there, there needs to be something better than man. Has got to be.” Of course, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they would 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 fear and amazement. But have any ancient astronauts actually visited Earth?
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? 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 may be connected to extraterrestrial visitations.
During my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet of the Apes many times, along side a number of other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots of the Gods and Mysteries for the Gods, which aired from the local television station. The shows are now available on YouTube, and my viewings that are recent the majority of my original memories of these. Both films clearly tried to connect astronauts that are ancient Apollo and space exploration, with the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries regarding the Gods. Viewing the films that are above my youth inspired me to read Chariots of this Gods?, readily available during 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 which was section of a more substantial 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 did actually reflect an model that is alternative 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 associated with proselytizing evangelicals in 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 along with a written book entitled The Space Gods Revealed that featured a forward by none aside from Carl Sagan.1 By 1977, Chariot of the Gods? was debunked in a BBC-PBS creation of Nova in an episode called “The Case for the Ancient Astronauts.”2 The episode refuted the following claims: a picture 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 above assertions are among the most ludicrous and illogical interpretations of human artifacts produced 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’s nothing new either.
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Almost 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 ability to innovate. The general idea is that, without the assistance 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’s no available 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.