Extraterrestrials, aliens if you will, are out there, insists Israeli Professor Avi Loeb, and he’s determined to find them.
As the long-serving head of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, Loeb made headlines in 2017 when he posited that an object spotted tumbling past our solar system was an artifact of an “extraterrestrial technological civilization.” In other words, an advanced alien race.
While most of the scientific community concluded that the object, which came to be known as Oumuamua, was of natural origin, Loeb persisted and even authored a book titled Extraterrestrial.
Loeb left his position as head of the Department of Astronomy, though he remains a tenured professor at Harvard. With his newfound free time, he has launched the Galileo Project.
Where the well-known SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program scanned outer space for electromagnetic signals, Loeb’s Galileo Project will instead search for objects and artifacts, physical evidence of alien civilization.
“Given the recently discovered abundance of Earth-Sun systems, the Galileo Project is dedicated to the proposition that humans can no longer ignore the possible existence of extraterrestrial technological civilizations,” read a statement released by the project group.
Taking aim at all the naysayers who mocked Loeb’s earlier theories, the statement continued:
“Science should not dogmatically reject potential extraterrestrial explanations because of social stigma or cultural preferences, factors which are not conducive to the scientific method of unbiased, empirical inquiry.”
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