Part of the problem of connecting the phrase ‘Philosophy is Dead’ to the advent of the Alien in modern society, literature and T.V. specifically, is that the Alien first emerged in modern Philosophy long before any of this. Specifically in Kant’s Anthropology, among other places (see quotation below):
Humans are attracted to “creator” or “visitor” ideas because the alternative is too bleak— that humans are no more than briefly animated stuff that was for 14 billion years totally inanimate stuff, and will return to totally inanimate stuff. Carl Sagan’s starstuff, no different from all the other starstuff except for a brief spark of consciousness.
Totally agree with you, I have seen some episodes and had the same sensation as you said: “The general idea is that, without assistance from the ancient astronauts, humans would be helpless and could never build such great structures or make profound scientific discoveries”
more like the artist formerly known as the History Channel. I loved that station as a kid, full of actual footage from Vietnam and WWII with thoughtful — if sometimes dry — commentary. Then it went all Ancient Aliens and Ice Road Truckers on me, and it’s still pitching itself as the “History” Channel…
Glad you mentioned this. I found “Interstellar” to be extremely thought provoking on multiple levels. A great blend of science and emotion that tried its best to highlight the importance of each without overdoing either.
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