Recently, Professor Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist, said in a Discovery Channel series that it was “perfectly rational” to assume intelligent life exists elsewhere.
“There ought to be many other stars, whose planets have life on them. Some of these stellar systems could have formed five billion years before the Earth. So why is the galaxy not crawling with self-designing mechanical or biological life forms?” he said in another lecture.
I’ve seen many rationalists agree. The possibility of intelligent life existing in this vast universe they say is pretty good, while others would disagree. The real clincher, though, is that the discussion itself is also viewed as perfectly reasonable.
So I wonder why rationalists, materialists, non-religious scientists, and the like have a problem with the idea of angels, demons or even God? (True, last time I checked Hawkings was a deist, which means that he thinks there might be a god but that god is not involved with us in any way.)
Angels and demons are simply ‘intelligent life’. However, they don’t have a mechanical or biological shape, and seem to exist in some form of inter-dimensional space (which is a perfectly scientific idea).
Bear with me here. I know many people would see this sort of idea as some weird pseudo-science, but I’m making a philosophical point. If it’s perfectly reasonable to assume intelligent life exists ‘out there’, it’s perfectly reasonable to assume we’ve already made contact with intelligent life, and some of these beings are antagonistic (demons) while others are not (angels). It’s perfectly reasonable to believe that angels and demons exist.
Just because they don’t take the assumed shape (biological or mechanical) we would expect or prefer does not mean that belief that they exist is a ‘primitive’ idea and without merit. Physicists know that there’s a lot more going on in our universe than meets the eye.
It might be difficult for rationalists etc. to believe that maybe the theories are correct, that intelligent life does exist, and maybe we already have made contact with intelligent life — but that doesn’t mean it’s not philosophically, logically and rationally sound to believe angels and demons are real and involved with our world.
All it is is unpopular.