Promethean Laws of Alien Science God-Forms
The First, creator creates its own antithesis
The Second, the created procreates with its creator
The Third, the created can only recreate superior or inferior selves
The Fourth, the creature of the created is aware and knows of the creator
The Fifth, create to destroy is to recreate the first
Prometheus the Movie is the purified result of the visual and philosophical distillation of Hesiod’s The Theogony, the Nag Hammadi Scrolls, the books 12th Planet by Zecharia Sitchin, The Chariot of the Gods by Erich von Daniken, and History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series. Students of Comparative Myth and Religion and Fans of Science Fiction would surely dance in frenzy at the altar of visionary Ridley Scott.
Update: 2:23 PM
I read this cool New York Times Essay:
Published: June 10, 2012
Prometheus,” the new movie from the director Ridley Scott, operates on several levels. Most importantly and impressively, it is an unforgettable reminder not to open anything, ever. Doors, caves, containers — never open them!
But it is also a scientific and spiritual quest. I don’t think it is spoiling anything to say that the scientists in the movie think somebody or something else created us.
Creationism? Yes, in a way, but creationism for geeks, of the sort that science fiction writers and scientists have long indulged in. It does not run counter to the idea of the process of evolution; it just sets the beginning of the whole business somewhere and some time other than the Earth.
Fred Hoyle, an astronomer, is one of the best-known scientists to suggest that life may have had an extraterrestrial origin. Others, like Francis Crick, who with James Watson discovered the structure of the DNA molecule, have flirted with the idea. Crick even suggested at one time that intelligent extraterrestrials might have gotten the ball, or helix, rolling.
Thomas Gold, an Austrian astrophysicist, suggested in 1980 that perhaps life on Earth came from garbage left by extraterrestrials. And among the writers, Arthur C. Clarkesuggested in a brief commentary, “The Toilets of the Gods,” that since fecal matter had been detected on satellites and spacecraft (from the astronauts, presumably), and since something similar would happen with any physical life form, extraterrestrials who passed through the solar system desperately looking for a rest stop might constitute a whole new explanation for where life on Earth came from.
Does this geek creationism conflict with the idea of evolution by natural selection? Not that I can see. A character in “Prometheus” argues that the scientists who have come up with the weird interstellar quest in the movie are throwing out several hundred years of Darwin.
But there is nothing about the scientific method or about Darwinian evolution to suggest that it all had to happen on Earth. The basic notion that some organisms leave more offspring than others, and that their genes are preserved, works regardless of location.
I should say that the scientific consensus is that life did start on Earth. These outlying ideas I have mentioned have not panned out, at least so far, but they are not in themselves antiscientific, because they can be tested. You can look to see what arrived in meteorites. And none of these ideas involve anything other than the material universe.
Religious beliefs are different. Some make claims about the physical world that are demonstrably wrong. The earth is not 10,000 or 6,000 years old. Humans did not coexist with T. rex. Other religions posit a deity who is not physical, neither matter nor energy, but spiritual, existing in a realm that science cannot touch.
In either case, these beliefs do not bear any resemblance to geek creationism, which is no more than the adolescent wish for big, scary, intelligent things out there in the dark.
I myself am not really fond of monsters. My own particular science fantasy is that life on Earth developed from some biological Lego parts lost by a superbeing toddler. I don’t really believe this, but the world is a bit like some broken toy, so I am keeping an open mind.
I hope “Prometheus” and the several “Alien” movies are preserved for future generations who may actually venture out into space — not for the science, or the hints of spirituality, or the myths that they use, but to impress upon our adventurers what we all teach our children about anything that oozes unidentifiable goo.
Don’t touch it!