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 into the New York Times (July 22, 2018) as an counter that is intellectual 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 however for a few days, plus in that time explore but a small the main whole universe. But humans are a species that are curious. We wonder, we seek answers. Living in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, individuals have always asked a multitude of questions: How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How can the universe behave? What’s 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 is still alive in academic journals, Amazon books, plus the shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is essentially dead, primarily as it has did not carry on with because of the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. In the wake of the stunning achievements of the Apollo program together with Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has failed to generate a popular narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies of 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 with all the crash of Apollo 8 and Earthrise.

This cosmic and philosophical failure is 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 very little awe, wonder, and discovery. The Star that is recent Trek are not too different from Star Wars. Here our company is fifty years after Apollo and thirty years following the Hubble telescope, and also the dominant ideologies will always be situated in cosmic narcissism and super-specialness—pretending that is human function as center of the universe or under the delusion that a Creator or Ancient Aliens are looking out for us.

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