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 when you look at 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 but for a short time, as well as in that time explore but a small area of the universe that is whole. But humans are a species that are curious. We wonder, we seek answers. Residing in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing in the immense heavens above, individuals have always asked a multitude of questions: how do we comprehend the world for which we find ourselves? How exactly does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not yet kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.” (p. 5).

Needless to say, philosophy continues to be alive in academic journals, Amazon books, as well as 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 did not keep up because of the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. In the wake of this stunning achievements associated with the Apollo program as well as the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has neglected to generate a popular cosmic narrative Continue reading “Ancient Aliens: Evidence of Stephen Hawking’s Claim that “Philosophy is Dead””