Are Aliens, Well, More Aliens, Coming? By Brian Simpson
Here is the bold, adventurous spirit that science should exhibit: explain some cosmological phenomenon, by means of the postulation of extra-terrestrial intelligence. That is sure to upset mainstream science:
“A distinguished Harvard University professor is not backing down from his claims that a piece of extraterrestrial spacecraft technology may be flying past the orbit of Jupiter at this moment. Avi Loeb, one of the top astronomy professors in the world, boasting of decades of Ivy League professorships and hundreds of publicized works in respected astronomy publications, is remaining defiant that the space object – dubbed as “Oumuamua” – first noticed by Hawaiian astronomers in 2017 could be from another civilization. “Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” Loeb and his colleague Shmuel Bialy wrote in Astrophysical Journal Letters in November, according to the Washington Post. But Loeb remains stubborn on this theory, and dismisses the claims that it’s a rock, noting that it's moving too fast for an inert rock. He told the Post that the object is long yet no more than one millimeter thick, and that it’s so light that sunlight is moving the object out of the solar system.
“Many people expected once there would be this publicity, I would back down,” Loeb says. “If someone shows me evidence to the contrary, I will immediately back down.” “It changes your perception on reality, just knowing that we’re not alone,” he continued. “We are fighting on borders, on resources. … It would make us feel part of planet Earth as a civilization rather than individual countries voting on Brexit.”
There you go; work globalism and cosmopolitanism into everything, although if one spends one’s days star gazing and grazing, I suppose one would inevitably become a bit cosmopolitan. Anyway, there is a nice quote at the end of the report, basically giving the middle finger up to his academic critics, who may soon be punishing this heretic:
“The worst thing that can happen to me is I would be relieved of my administrative duties, and that would give me even more time to focus on science,” he added. “All the titles I have, I can dial them back. In fact, I can dial myself back to the farm.” Be careful, they will not hesitate to destroy your career for being a heretic. Dial us up, Scotty.