Archive for June, 2011
Famous atheist Michael Shermer asks that question here. It’s a good overview of things to think about in this regard. I am in basic agreement that the existence of an advanced ET would be embraced as God by many, perhaps most. But despite the article’s strengths, it misses obvious “tests” — like prove to us, Mr. ET, that you (a) can create matter itself, from nothing; and (b) that you’re the entity who did so aeons ago. The “aeons” part of that also would require the ET to prove that his species no longer dies (or at least is not capable of death). I list this as an omission since this is part and parcel of any theistic religion’s definition of God. Third, there is the matter of not being part of the material creation. Any theistic religion believes God created all matter – all that is, “visible and invisible” to borrow the New Testament language. Without being able to demonstrate this attribute, ET would not be accepted as God.
Anyway, I could pick at this more, but you get the idea.
That’s the title of my recent post on Robert Temple’s Sirius nonsense (The Sirius Mystery) over at my other blog, PaleoBabble. For those not acquainted with this “mystery,” it concerns the Dogon tribe in Africa — and their alleged advanced knowledge of the star cluster that is, to the unaided naked eye, just one star (Sirius). How is it that a primitive tribe obtained this knowledge? Alien visitors in antiquity, of course.
The next time you run into this, please direct people to this post or the link above. It’s long (3600 words), but it demonstrates that (pardon the pun) you shouldn’t take this ancient astronaut claim seriously.