If you landed on this post, there’s a better than good change you already know what the Kardashev Scale is. In case you don’t, here’s a quick rundown.
The Kardashev Scale was created by a Soviet astronomer by the name of Nikolai Kardashev in 1964.
In short, the scale is used to measure the level of technology of intelligent civilizations based on the assumption that the level of technology is directly related to the amount of energy a civilization can control and use.
There are 3 different levels on the Kardashev Scale (the below list was taken directly from Wikipedia):
- A Type I civilization—also called a planetary civilization—can use and store all of the energy available on its planet.
- A Type II civilization—also called a stellar civilization—can harness the total energy of its planet’s parent star (the most popular hypothetical concept being the Dyson sphere—a device which would encompass the entire star and transfer its energy to the planet(s)).
- A Type III civilization—also called a galactic civilization—can control energy on the scale of its entire host galaxy.
If you prefer a more detailed look watch the video below:
A Type III Civilization would be God-Like to Us
The idea that a civilization may be capable of controlling and using all of the energy in an entire galaxy is mind-blowing. In fact, I’d venture to say that even though we can ‘say’ it, no human is really quite capable of wrapping their head around what it exactly means.
A civilization such as this would possess technology that we may have trouble even recognizing as technology. It would appear to be like magic. Maybe even, miracles?
And this idea is what got me thinking… what if all the religions of the world had mistaken the miracles of ancient times to be nothing more than advanced technology from a type III civilization?
Not Quite the Ancient Astronaut Theory
Now before you scream Ancient Aliens at me, yes, I’m aware they’ve already postulated ancient humans were visited by extraterrestrials with advanced technology and this was a genesis for the modern religions we have today.
The difference is that the Ancient Astronaut theory frequently talks of possible alien technology that isn’t that far above and beyond what we have today. Spaceships, lasers for cutting stone, and even ancient nuclear weapons in Indian texts all point to a civilization somewhere between type I and type II (and probably much closer to type I than to type II).
A type III civilization would have weapons that don’t resemble anything like the primitive nuclear capabilities of a civilization that has yet to even reach type I. And forget about spaceships, we’d be looking at something more like instant teleportation.
No, a type III civilization is one we wouldn’t even see coming. And isn’t that sort of like God? Nobody ever really saw God, they only claimed to see his effects. A civilization as advanced as this would be able to direct and affect things on Earth without ever having to even physically show up here. And that matches what we know (or think we know) about God.
Sources & Additional Reading:
1. Wikipedia: Kardashev Scale