It has long been obvious that Harvard’s Avi Loeb wants to be a UFO guru. Not only has he parlayed his minority opinion on the artificial nature of the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua into a book deal, but he has inserted himself into the media frenzy over UFOs and publishes regular dispatches in Scientific American speculating in his amateurish way on the morals and ethics of humans and aliens. In recent weeks, he publicly volunteered to lead a government inquiry into the nature of flying saucers and took a slot headlining the Contact in the Desert paranormal conference. His UFO interests have now reached their logical peak with the launch of his newest initiative, the Galileo Project, a UFO investigation conducted through the auspices of Harvard’s and the Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics.
The Galileo Project shares a name with the famous astronomer persecuted by the Catholic Church because his science contradicted religious dogma. Loeb often speaks of himself in similar terms, claiming that the scientific establishment has an anti-alien dogma and that he is the only scientist brave enough to explore extraterrestrial possibilities. The name is obviously no coincidence.
The project intends to develop technologies to scan the sky for flying saucers and to utilize artificial intelligence to distinguish between natural phenomena, human-made objects, and extraterrestrial probes. The project also plans to hunt for orbiting alien satellites (!) and to monitor space for incoming interstellar alien probes.
The worst part of the project was, naturally, the first thing that caught my eye: “The goal of the Galileo Project is to bring the search for extraterrestrial technological signatures of Extraterrestrial Technological Civilizations (ETCs) from accidental or anecdotal observations and legends to the mainstream of transparent, validated and systematic scientific research.” Yup, “legend.” Avi Loeb has gone full Ancient Aliens and will be hunting space aliens using literature and folklore he has shown no signs of being equipped to understand.
There is nothing inherently wrong with searching for explanations for unusual observed aerial encounters. But reading the Galileo Project’s PR site, it’s more than clear that the underlying ideological presumption is for the existence of extraterrestrial technology here on Earth. And that assumption seems poised to bias the entire endeavor toward a predetermined conclusion.
7/24/2021 10:08:26 pm
"The project intends to develop technologies to scan the sky for flying saucers and to utilize artificial intelligence to distinguish between natural phenomena, human-made objects, and extraterrestrial probes."
7/26/2021 01:14:39 am
Our most trusted sources obviously believe in UFOs. Why don't you? I can't wait for you to wander further off into the weeds and away from the science.
7/28/2021 10:58:05 am
I think we all agree that phenomena exist that cannot be immediately definitively identified.
7/28/2021 11:21:39 am
"Our most trusted sources obviously believe in UFOs. Why don't you? "
7/27/2021 10:51:43 pm
Galileo ran afoul of the Roman Inquisition but was respected by many people who would roughly fit within our modern concept of scientist. He also had his supporters within the Catholic Church. That is a very different scenario from the present where it is not the establishment Catholic Church but rather scientists calling BS on various fringe researchers. Not because they are going against religious dogma or promote unpopular claims but because they simply aren't doing solid scientific research.
7/28/2021 11:38:32 am
Strangely enough, Scott Wolter has blamed the Catholic Church for the government not being forthcoming about all they know regarding aliens in the recently released report.
7/29/2021 02:49:36 pm
Unlike Sociology or Criminal Justice, a physics degree requires some intelligence and some work. Mr. Loeb has simply used his secure and prestigious position to pull a Noam Chomsky and go off in a bizarre "look at me" direction. Nothing worth getting one's knickers in a twist about, but it will be interesting to see how the funding goes; will he follow the Tom Des Roach model and pay himself a guaranteed $100,000 dollars a year or go full Ibram X. Kendi? I suspect the market won't support option two, there just isn't enough Earthling Guilt.
7/29/2021 10:38:27 pm
Of course a undergraduate degree in a foreign language is soooooo much tougher than sociology or criminology. Just ask the next barista as they are serving you a latte
7/30/2021 07:44:43 pm
Dude, get a room or a girlfriend or something. I never claimed to have a "degree" in a language. I took fourth year French at a university when I was in high school but other people have done much more impressive stuff. Then I did two more years of German three years of Chinese, four years of Tibetan zero years of Sanskrit. But no language degree. I tested out of all requirements, English, Math, Languages, and whatever else. Did I handle college well? No I did not. Do Sociology and Criminal Justice suck major ass? Yes they do. Being a 6u55y is no way to go through life, Officer.
7/29/2021 08:40:11 pm
Well, better him - whatever you personally think of him he does have credentials, then usual fraudsters , grifters, conman, lunatics, Qidiots, Trumpanzees, story tellers, fake degrees…. You know usual Farrells, Dolans, Clif Highs, Leak Projects etc , trash that populates ‘U-Fool-Ology’….
7/30/2021 05:08:28 am
You left out Hilary hot sauce bringers and hair sniffing dementoids.
9/4/2021 12:03:27 pm
There is absolutely nothing to suggest that Loeb believes in ancient aliens, and if you actually bothered to watch and read interviews with him, you'd know that he's actually a very reasonable guy. He didn't say that Oumuamua was definitely extraterrestrial, just that we should be open to the possibility. This is a very sad attempt to discredit him.
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