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I have so many issues with this article and the constant crap about #aliens from the #oumuamua asteroid analysis. Let's get started (1/10)

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"the idea that it’s arrogant to assume we are alone in the universe, or even a particularly special species."

Agreed. But still assumption w/o proof. But... moving on. (2/10)
Author says his alien theories have "left some of his peers nonplused, grumbling at a flimsy theory or bewildered as to why Harvard's top astronomer won't shut up about aliens" Yes. Please phrase it in a way that makes the rest of us sound unreasonable. (3/10)
"Loeb had 3 decades of Ivy League professorship and hundreds of astronomical publications on his résumé, mostly to do with the nature of black holes & early galaxies & other subjects far from any tabloid shelf."

i.e., "he has many accolades so believe him w/o evidence." (4/10)
No one's arguing that he's distinguished. But extraordinary claims, requires extraordinary evidence. I don't care if you won the #NobelPrize ... your reputation doesn't give you carte blanche. (5/10)
"...thrilling E.T. enthusiasts and upsetting the fragile orbits of space academia"

I find this insulting. The correct phrase would be "... thrilling E.T. enthusiasts while also ignoring the scientific process." (6/10)
The article continues on about how every theory may not be viable, given the LIMITED observations made of it.

But with limited observations, how can you even posit, you might ask, that it may be a damn solar sail?! That's right. YOU CAN"T. (7/10)
Avi Loeb "can't think of anything other than aliens that fits the data" (maybe, idk, more data) "If someone shows me evidence to the contrary, I will immediately back down."

that's the equivalent to "show me evidence against God, and I"ll back down."

#oumuamua (8/10)
"It changes your perception on reality, just knowing that we're not alone"

No. No. We do not know. (9/10)
There's honestly too much to unpack. Again, not enough data to support the claims being made and an article that tries to prop it up by playing to Dr. Loeb's tenure, academic record and association with a university.

That's not how science works. #oumuamua (10/10)
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