Het hangt er maar van af wat en wie je waarom meetelt, want niet iedereen neemt de moeite om op voor leken leesbaar niveau uit te leggen hoe Loeb per saldo heel erg de mist in gaat.
In Forbes van 28 januari 2021 neemt astrofysicus Ethan Siegel de door MaartenV ten voorbeeld gestelde Avi Loeb heel scherp op de korrel.
Niet alleen met een terdege daagse uitleg van het fenomeen, maar ook op de man af inzake Loeb zijn wetenschappelijke verantwoordelijkheid.
Als belangstellend, maar ergens ook belanghebbend leek, volg ik het spel met de hele zware pingpongballen over in wezen Russel's Theepot met interesse.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswith ... stronomer/
But one scientist, enamored with his own hypothesis and ignoring the large amounts of research done by other professionals who specialize in this particular field, has embarked on a public crusade to convince the world of the most far-fetched explanation for this natural phenomenon: aliens.
.. . .Loeb’s new book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Life Beyond Earth, this is not a possibility worth taking seriously as a scientist. A straightforward look at the evidence shows us why.
met uitvoerige uitleg.
en bovendien niets bijzonders aan de hand:
How did we get so lucky, then, as to see it? (Oumuamua)
It’s because of the sheer number of them. There may be, according to some estimates, as many as ~1025 objects like this — interstellar interlopers — that are flying through our galaxy. Every so often, given the incredible number of these objects out there, they’ll pass through our Solar System, up to a few times per year.
We expect the interstellar medium to be filled with remnants and ejecta from the hundreds of billions of solar systems throughout the Milky Way, and owing to the recent advances in our technology, we’ve finally started to detect them.
That is, unless we decide to take the fundamentally unscientific approach of Avi Loeb, and insist on considering an alien origin for the first of these objects.
What is a responsible scientist to do in this situation?
There are literally hundreds of astronomers who work in this field, and Loeb continues to ignore all of them
— their work, their data, their conclusions, and the full suite of evidence at hand —
instead focusing on his own idea which has no convincing data to back it up.
He claims that he didn’t court this public attention, but my own inbox shows that to be a lie. Prior to 2017, I had received 0 emails from Avi Loeb; since 2018, I have received 74 from him and even more from his students. All of them have been unsolicited; nearly all of them advertise his viewpoints about extraterrestrials, . . . .