Jun 12, 2012

Prometheus Lacks the Alien Movies Quality. Raises Questions About the Creator and (Un) Intelligent Design

I saw Prometheus but it was a let down; having seen the Alien movies, I expected a better movie.  However, there was an intriguing premise in Prometheus: the creators of the human race saw what we became and decided to destroy us!  Hold on, don't leave yet. This gets interesting....

Let's skip the faulty science (that pesky theory of evolution), and ponder whether the creator(s) should destroy the human species. The earth has been trying to do this all along, and 98% or more of all species that have appeared have also gone extinct. The average life span of a species is 3 million years. The dinos survived for 30 million. We, humans, have been around for a few hundred thousand years only.

So, let's say there was a creator! Look around, study human history and soon you'll realize that there's so much misery, anguish, death, torture, short, brutish life. If the creator provided the seed and then let things evolve, I could give him/her/them some break. It's very probable that if humans manage to survive a while longer, they'll create a new life form, possibly a combination of artificial intelligence and organic, human matter. 

The Rise of the Hybrid Machines
I think that one day humans will merge with machines. Imagine replacing faulty body parts with artificial constructs. Even microchips in the brain are possible. At which point, what percentage, can we say such an entity is human or a machine or a hybrid? 

Unless there's another way, interstellar travel, or galaxial travel takes a very long time, thousands of years, even when traveling at the speed of light. It's some 25,000 years, double that to get to the other side and you don't want to go through the center anyway because of a massive black hole lurking there.

Thus, this kind of travel would probably be done by many successive generations of a self-perpetuating species, traveling in space for eons. They could or will evolve into something we won't be able to control or even forsee at the time of the creation. If they turn into monsters, then how much responsibility do we have? 

Now, let's suppose the good humans have advanced to such a degree that they can catch their creation. Should the humans destroy this new species if they behave like most "primitive" humans have done?

How about the Intelligent and Omnipotent Designer?

On the other hand, if the creator is every present, all powerful, who can design perfection, responds to prayers and being worshiped, then he has a lot to answer for given what we've seen since humanity began to keep records.

This theme of the creator destroying his own creations isn't new. The xtian God did it twice, and, if we are to believe the religious nuts, he brings measured destruction almost every day somewhere on the planet.  Because, he can't effectively use the "free will" argument, since he made us faulty to begin with. Unless he was interested in a sick experiment, where he made us sick, and now commands us to get well by giving up all critical thinking, rational inquiry, and surrender to fear, servitude, and credulity. Hmmm.

As for the movie Prometheus I wouldn't recommend it, especially if you liked the Alien movies (supposedly this is a sequel); it's not even terribly scary. The acting is very good, though the plot is not all that good.