Most people will think I’m nuts for suggesting that science fiction is a modern substitute for religion, but look at this comparison chart.
|God||Super advanced alien, AI|
|Greek gods, Hindu gods||Superheroes, aliens|
|God knows what you are thinking||Mind reading|
|God can be everywhere||Teleportation|
|All knowing||Super AI|
|God creates world||L5 space colony|
|God destroys world||Death Star, space opera spaceships, atomic war, etc.|
|God creates land, sea, animals||Terraforming|
|Heaven||Other planets, cyber worlds|
|Devine realms||Multiverse, other dimensions|
|Immortal Soul||Life extension, immortality|
|Flying||Airplanes, rockets, anti-gravity, jetpacks, superheroes|
|God creates man||Man creates robots, AI, artificial life|
|Noah’s ark||Generation ship, space colonies|
|Virgin birth||Cloning, genetic engineering|
|Healing powers||ESP, Super science medicine|
|Wine to water||Atomic alchemy|
|Walking on water||Levitation, anti-gravity|
|Resurrecting the dead, rebirth||Brain downloading, cloning, Homo sapiens 2.0|
Hubris knows know bounds. If you study the history of religions and myths you will see people have always wanted God-like powers. Science fiction appears to say: If God won’t give us these powers we’ll get them ourselves, or from aliens.
How long have people wanted to be more than what they are? How long have people wanted reality to be different?
On the other hand, how often do people find acceptance in what is?
JWH – 10/24/11