Note: This article was cited within 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 little area of the universe that is whole. But humans are a species that are curious. We wonder, we seek answers. Staying in this vast world that 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 for which we find ourselves? So how exactly does 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 continues to be alive in academic journals, Amazon books, therefore 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 did not keep pace because of the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. Within the wake associated with the stunning achievements of this Apollo program together with Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has did not generate a popular narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies associated with 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 amounts 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: 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 almost no awe, wonder, and discovery. The Star that is recent Trek are not too different from Star Wars. Here we are fifty years after Apollo and thirty years after the Hubble telescope, together with dominant ideologies will always be based in cosmic narcissism and human super-specialness—pretending to function as the center for 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 mediated corpse, where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed as they are still aflame in the us regarding the History Channel.