Avi Loeb made quite the splash when he claimed to have scientific evidence that an interstellar object was actually a piece of alien technology, and he got a free pass from the mainstream media as he steadily pushed into the fringe of ufology. He headlined this year's ancient astronaut conference Contact in the Desert alongside lunatics and racists like Erich von Däniken, and he started a project at Harvard to hunt UFOs with the explicit aim of trying to prove some of them were craft from other worlds. As a reward, he is speaking at the National Cathedral next week on a panel with the Director of National Intelligence and the administrator of NASA on the future of humanity in space and how UFOs will impact our religious ideas--you know, science. Surely, we want an astronomer with a fetish for existentialism and high government officials (seriously: the DNI?!?) speculating about aliens and religion. Now Loeb is thumbing his nose at science and reason yet again.
In a press release dated October 30, Loeb's Galileo Project announced that the supposedly scientific inquiry into UFOs has hired Chris Mellon and Lue Elizondo to join their team. Mellon believes UFOs are craft from other worlds or other dimensions, while Elizondo has claimed to possess psychic powers and has speculated that UFOs are operated by invisible beings in an overlapping parallel reality who also have undersea bases. You know, science.
Here is part of the announcement as Loeb continues to trade on Harvard's prestige to legitimize with his presence the UFO celebrities he claims not to want to be.
Today the Galileo Project lead Professor Avi Loeb announced the additions of Mr. Luis Elizondo and Mr. Christopher Mellon to the project team as research affiliates. Noting their depth of experience investigating the subject of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), and their shared interest in open and transparent study of the phenomena, Loeb welcomed them as the latest members of a diverse and growing Galileo Project team.
Somehow Elizondo omitted the interdimensional goblins and psychic powers he is so fond of.
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