Still desperately trying to keep up the non-school reading. Up next is a wacky one, but I love these sort of books, although I tend to get bored rather quickly with them.
I used to work with a guy that was all about this stuff. Enoch and the giants of the Bible, and the alien seeds. It is hard to keep interested with such a glaring infinite regress. If aliens existed, they would be creatures such as us. Not like us, mind, as similar in any specific, concrete, way, but like us as in contingent, physical, living creatures.
Even if we posited a species that, somehow, evolved at a hyper rate to achieve some sort of space faring civilization and achieved a singularity and achieved some Clark- like superiority such that they were able to kickstart planets such as ours. Granting all that, they would be still contingent beings just like us. And the question would be then: if we need them to explain us (because of holes in our own knowledge or whatever) how is their being any more comprehensible than ours? And if they were not somehow some advantaged race of fast evolvers, but simply beings like us. Then how do we explain them? And back and back you would have to go until you would need some sort of master planner.
God. It is a mysticism for the modern age.
But it is fun to read about.
I have read a few science fiction books that take this sort of premise (that our civilization or planet was kickstarted by advanced aliens) as serious. I wonder if anyone has ever taken it the other way in a science fiction setting. That it is believed but false and where could you go with such a premise?
Ah, I know. Nothing comes to mind right away, but lay back a moment, close your eyes. See? Things start to form, do they not?
I know nothing about this book nor even much about the man. I have, however, heard the work praised by many whose opinions I hold to some account.
I also have the entire Ante-Nicene and Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers set (some 20 volumes) that I want to start chewing down. Plus a daunting list of over 300 theological (
largely overwhelmingly Catholic) works that I was just getting started on before I whimsically entered school.
I am saving the bulk of my unread Lafferty for after I finish school. That with the writing I’m leaving undone, is my carrot. I will, as a good man must (hee hee) let my wife be the stick, or, at least be the one that holds it.
Man, I really wish I had more interesting things to post now, but it will have to wait. I should be done in August. September at the latest – I hope.