Stephen Hawking and the New Western Dark Age
“If aliens ever visit us,” Hawking warned, “I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”
Stephen Hawking, who now officially believes far more fervently in ET than YHWH, seems to be engaged in making sure his above quote is a self-fulfilling prophesy. He has joined the militant atheist brigade in an effort to forcibly eject all theological concerns from debates over cosmic origin. The Vatican clerics who censored Galileo at least fought to preserve a coherent and life-affirming system of beliefs.
I can’t think of a comparably exculpatory excuse for modern Westerners such as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and most of the charlatans that compose the UN IPCC. Hawking now champions the cold and empty nullity of the void. All of these individuals attempt to curtail debate. They no longer seek to argue the bona fides of their thesis. “Shut Up!” They scientifically explain.
To the detriment of our rotting intellectual edifices, Hawking has fully gone over from Physicist to cheerleader. In his latest work of advocacy The Grand Design the pre-eminent British Physicist explains why he just can’t cheer for Team God anymore.
Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing….Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going. Each universe has many possible histories and many possible states. Only a very few would allow creatures like us to exist. Although we are puny and insignificant on the scale of the cosmos, this makes us in a sense the lords of creation.
(HT: Taki’s Magazine)
Richard Dawkins reads this and waxes ecstatic. God has been kicked out of physics, he proclaims. It’s the glorious unapotheosis and what, pray tell, are we left with? What does “kicking God out of Physics” accomplish exactly?
It does what every nihilist ever does. It accomplishes nothing. Even Nietzsche was intelligent enough to express a wise condolence over the passing of God. He was honest enough to admit that he lacked idea number one for what came next.
What Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and now Stephen Hawking fail to understand, for all of their erudite perspicacity, is that as individuals, and as a culture, you have to have both faith and reason. Jettisoning either leaves you riding a moped that just threw a wheel. Reason without a purpose drives us nowhere that is morally intelligent.
People pick up on it really fast when the emperor has no clothes. Dawkins, Hawking, Hitchens, et al. are attempting an epistemic closure on the debate over God’s existence. Nietsche, not God, is dead and increasingly forgotten.
One man burning a Koran can provoke global rioting. Glenn Beck can reintroduce God to political debate and fill the Capital Mall. The people “too intelligent” to believe in the existence of God are looking more arrogant than smart. What Dawkins, Hawking and Hitchens peddle is “settled science” in a class with Albert Gore’s.
What happens, when they succeed, is an ongoing tragedy. God may not play dice with the universe, but he’s more than happy to let you pay your nickel and make your choice. In approximately 1100 AD, Islam formally and doctrinally rejected Hellenic philosophy and epistemology. Abu Hamid al-Ghazli described the divine will of Allah as the “settled science” of the day.
Abu Hamid’s academic defenders argue he simply disputed the methodology how Greeks sought knowledge; not the quest for enlightenment itself. But, by failing to offer any valid alternative, Abu Hamid left his work vulnerable to “hacking” by the theological Luddites of his day. They used Abu Hamid as an intellectual vehicle to successfully shut down what had once been a vibrant and capable engine of creation in what were then scientifically advanced Arabic Societies.
The consequences of Hamid’s works have thus been similar to the Dark Ages of Early Feudal Europe. I see nothing better coming out of the fatwa against God and competing intellectual theories being issued daily by “the credible scientific experts” of the Modern West. They are shutting out a straw man caricature of God for the purpose of temporarily winning an eternal debate.
The results of this folly subtly manifest in a politically correct but technologically declining United States of America. Comparing Japanese Industrial Engineering or Korean Telecommunications to ours gives us a score of USA zee-row.
And this is where the militant atheists and fraudulent UN IPCC Gorons seem to merge in my mind. They both, at the end of the day, have the same deleterious impact. I blogged earlier about how the UN IPCC blacklists were subtly destroying America’s reputation for being an innovator.
Thus, given the Inquisition-like ignorance regnant over the American Scientific profession, that the new Boeing aircraft, The 787 Dreamliner, was built primarily of foreign technology should come as no surprise. The wing, the key technological concept on any aircraft is built in Japan, where no scientist has to pretend to believe anything to stay off some nut-job’s blacklist.
Other parts of The Dreamliner are built in Sweden, Australia, Canada, France, Italy and Russia. The convenient thing to do here is to castigate Boeing for being a “Benedict Arnold Corporation” and “shipping good, high-paying American jobs” abroad to make illicit profits off of cheap, foreign labor. Except, when you want cheap, productive labor, you don’t go to France, Japan or Sweden. You go to those places to get something else America no longer offers – free, unfettered intellectual inquiry.
Say what you will about the Catholics who silenced Gallileo and the Islamic Obscurantists that “interpreted” Abu Hamid al-Ghazli and killed the Enlightenment of The Baghdad Caliphate. At the end of the day, as the twilight faded, they all passed into darkness at least believing. I don’t know if I can even offer Stephen Hawking or Richard Dawkins any similar tribute as the universal laws suck their essence out into the void.
Perhaps the aliens, who in Hawking’s learned polemics would harvest our bodies like the grains in the fields, have already landed. They seek to kill our knowledge and kill our faith. Thereby, the will to resist and the technology to fight on dissipate as the consequence of a nefarious assassination of learning, and independent thought.