Saturday, December 22, 2012

I suppose the fact that I woke up this morning means that we should probably not structure our view of the world around the superstitions of a pre-modern culture...

But what it also seems to show us is that the modern interpretations and applications of pre-modern supersititions may be even less reliable.

One explanation for alien-shaped heads found in Mexico recently is that the human populations there were emulating alien visitors and that is why they bound their children's skulls. Talk of gods coming down from the sky of course reinforces these sorts of explanations.

This is a long shot, but it's not implausible. Intelligent life evolved here on Earth and we're now investigating life on other planets. It would be odd not to flip that scenario, at least as a possibility. It bugs me that this isn't considered a reasonable idea by a lot of people.

The problem, of course, is when we spin intricate stories around these plausibilities without any reason to. Perhaps with the passing of December 21st, 2012 (and maybe with announcements about microbial life on Mars at some point in the near future?) the alien talk will be a lot less unfounded, a lot less superstitutious, and considered a lot more reasonable.


  1. Your title may be correct, but your evidence is not very adequate to the conclusion, is it? I imagine the first time the Wright brothers failed to get off the ground, someone there saying "Well, I'm not going to rely on this technology business to fly through the air!"

    But, in any case, relying on the superstitions of modern culture, like materialism, certainly makes one feel more up-to-date!

    1. I covered my ass with "probably" ;-)

      You seem to be stretching the word "superstition" in that last sentence a bit. I'm no strident materialist, but the one thing materialism has that superstitions don't is that when you look around you see an awful lot of "material" and not too much of anything else! That ought to count for something, no?

  2. "we should probably not structure our view of the world around the superstitions of a pre-modern culture..."

    So there goes Christianity out the window as a guiding principle...

    No presents for you.


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