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

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 tiny the main 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, people have always asked a variety of questions: How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? So how exactly does the universe behave? What’s the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy have not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.” (p. 5).

Needless to say, philosophy is still alive in academic journals, Amazon books, in addition to shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is largely dead, primarily since it has failed to keep up using the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. When you look at the wake associated with stunning achievements associated with Apollo program in addition to Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has failed to generate a favorite narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies associated with 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 philosophical failure is 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 almost no awe, wonder, and discovery. The recent Star Trek films are not that not the same as Star Wars. Here our company is fifty years after Apollo and thirty years following the Hubble telescope, and the dominant ideologies are nevertheless located in cosmic narcissism and human super-specialness—pretending to end up being the center associated with universe or underneath the delusion that a Creator or Ancient Aliens are searching out for us.

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