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

Note: This article was cited in the New York Times (July 22, 2018) as an intellectual counter to the emerging religion of “Ancient Aliens.”

When you look at the book The Grand Design (2012), Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow claimed that “philosophy is dead” (p. 5). They wrote: “We exist however for a short time, plus in that time explore but a little area of the whole universe. But humans are a curious species. We wonder, we seek answers. Staying in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, folks have always asked a multitude of questions: How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? So how exactly 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, and the philosophy that is shrinking at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is essentially dead, primarily given that it has neglected to keep pace with all the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Within the wake for the stunning achievements for the Apollo program and also the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has did not generate a favorite narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies for the 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: 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 hardly any awe, wonder, and discovery. The Star that is recent Trek are not too distinctive from Star Wars. Here we are fifty years after Apollo and thirty years after the Hubble telescope, therefore the dominant ideologies will always be located in cosmic narcissism and super-specialness—pretending that is human end up being the center regarding the universe or beneath 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 and are usually still aflame in the us 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 distances that are great relative ease. at the very least that is 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 the one good reason why 2001 offers such a vision that is compelling of origins and destinies. After all, it might 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 quite popular with me, at least the theory is that. Whilst the astronaut Taylor says in Planet of this Apes, “Out there, there needs to be something better than man. Needs to be.” Needless to say, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they would have possessed technologies that are extremely advanced been seen as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Just like the apes in 2001, the humans would have looked upon the technologies with fear and amazement. But have any ancient astronauts actually visited Earth?

Where’s the black monolith?

Where’s the equivalent of the black monolith in 2001 — that single artifact of indisputable extraterrestrial design or origin? Where is 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 also it’s possible some could be way more advanced and enlightened than our species, I am open to actual empirical evidence. Unfortunately, most of the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a few mysterious artifacts, none of that can easily be linked to extraterrestrial visitations.

Where would be the “Chariots of this Gods”?

In my own youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet of the Apes many times, along side a great many other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots regarding the Gods and Mysteries for the Gods, which aired in the television station that is local. The shows are now available on YouTube, and my viewings that are recent most of my original memories of those. Both films clearly attempted to connect astronauts that are ancient Apollo and space exploration, because of the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries associated with the Gods. Viewing the above films in my youth inspired us to read Chariots regarding the Gods?, readily available at that time in local bookstores. I viewed the films and read the book with rapt attention, precisely because von Daniken appeared to be providing “evidence” for a human narrative that has been element of a more substantial celestial narrative beyond your 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 model that is alternative human origins and possible destinies. It seemed like a plausible attack on the cultural and historical orthodoxy of this age, particularly the pre-Copernican ideologies associated with proselytizing evangelicals during 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 apart 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 regarding the Ancient Astronauts.”2 The episode refuted 20% off 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 above mentioned assertions are 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 will find irresponsible and intellectually bankrupt television programmers, but that is nothing new either.

When you look at the wake regarding the Trump pres >Chariots of the Gods? and Ancient Aliens, almost all associated with so-called ev >never be solved.

Virtually all the claims of extraterrestrial influence made on Ancient Aliens assume that human consciousness and civilization have little creativity, originality, or capacity to innovate. The basic idea is that, without assistance from the ancient astronauts, humans will be helpless and could never build such great structures or make profound scientific discoveries. Plus, the show assumes there is 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.