Star Wars: On the Wrong Side of History & Science


Wed, 06 Nov 2019, 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Monnik Beer Co. - Louisville, KY
Dr. Christopher Graney
Jefferson Community and Technical College


The Star Wars universe is a “Thing of the Past.” The ideas upon which that universe is built are fading rapidly. They are ideas that are truly, as the phrase goes, “on the wrong side of history,” and of science. Today, we seem to be in the midst of a great revolution in our view of the universe — and Star Wars is pre-revolution. Star Wars is set in a wonderfully imaginative universe that features a profusion of cool planets, cooler alien life forms, and the coolest space ships. But that universe, with Tatooine, Dagobah, Naboo, Jakku, Endor, and all their fantastic creatures and “people” is a well-worn idea, and an idea whose time has passed. Science and history are twin Dreadnoughts closing in on and crushing the Star Wars universe like the First Order picking off the last remnants of Princess/General Leia Organa’s little fleet. This presentation will argue that science and history strongly suggest that the universe seen in Star Wars — universe full of intelligent, technologically advanced extraterrestrial life; that is, full of Space Aliens — is simply not plausible.


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