Avi Loeb: “Nature does not produce such things”



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Image: ʻOumuamua, by ESO / M. Kornmesser. Derived: nagualdesign [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons.

Of Live Science:

An alien machine has already visited us, says Harvard astrophysicist

Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb says he found good evidence for alien technology in the solar system, what you might call alien trash, and some other scientists don’t take their ideas seriously because of “group thinking.”

In his new book “Extraterrestrial: the first sign of intelligent life beyond Earth(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), scheduled for publication on January 26, Loeb describes his journey to a radical position on the strange interstellar visitor nicknamed ‘Oumuamua – a cigar or disc-shaped object that has hissed through our solar system in 2017.

Avi Loeb is an astronomer who takes design detection arguments seriously – at least in his own field. If you like provocative podcasts, you’ll love many parts of this one.

At 29:06 am, describing his hypothesis for the mysterious’ Oumuamua object, Loeb says that “nature does not produce such things.” He gathers the strings of his argument a few minutes later, and he uses a design detection filter (similar to William Dembski’s explanatory filter).

No one here is commenting on whether Loeb is right about his puzzling astronomical data. We (very much) enjoy seeing the design detection attempts in action.

See also Michael Egnor’s previous comment for Evolution news, “Space archeology – And cellular archeology?”

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