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At Mind Matters News: Astronomer: Hunt for ET can unify science and religion

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Avi Loeb told The Hill that the Galileo Project, which looks for physical evidence of extraterrestrials, could answer religious questions as well as science ones:

Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, spoke recently at a recent Ignatius Forum on his differences with “the scientific mainstream” about the evidence for extraterrestrial life. Perhaps because the venue was the Washington National Cathedral, Loeb felt motivated to reflect on the religious as well as the science implications of a search for extraterrestrial life.

“As a member of Harvard University’s Galileo Project which seeks to “bring the search for extraterrestrial technological signatures of Extraterrestrial Technological Civilizations (ETCs) from accidental or anecdotal observations and legends into the mainstream of transparent, validated and systematic scientific research,” he shared his thoughts with The Hill, which covers the U.S. Congress: News, “Astronomer: Hunt for ET can unify science and religion” at Mind Matters News (November 21, 2021)”


In finding advanced extraterrestrial intelligence, religion might simply reflect advanced science with a twist. Traditional religions described God as the creator of the universe and life within it. They also suggested that humans were made in the image of God. But these notions are not necessarily in contradiction with science. A sufficiently advanced scientific civilization might be able to create synthetic life in its laboratories — in fact, some of our terrestrial laboratories almost reached that threshold. And with a good understanding of how to unify quantum-mechanics and gravity, an advanced scientific civilization could potentially create a baby universe in its laboratories. Therefore, an advanced scientific civilization might be a good approximation to God.

Avi Loeb, “Why science and religion come together when discussing extraterrestrial life” at The Hill (November 18, 2021)

Loeb told Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith that he is not himself a “person of faith” but one must assume that he means simply that he is not an adherent of a traditional religious belief system. The extraterrestrials he describes are as much a belief system as any other; they are not traditional.


Takehome: Fewer scientists seem to think we can do without any source of intelligence for the creation of the universe. Hence the idea that advanced ET created it.

This TV reporter starts out by acknowledging that just a few years go, Loeb’s Galileo Project would have been dismissed as “very fringe”:

You may also wish to read: Harvard astronomer: Advanced aliens engineered the Big Bang Avi Loeb writes in Scientific American that when we humans are sufficiently advanced, we will create other universes as well. Avi Loeb’s hypothesis is not logically stranger than the many hypotheses that attempt to account for the Big Bang without underlying information/intelligence.

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The Pentagon’s UAP (UFO) report signals a sharp attitude change. The brass have committed themselves to going “wherever the data takes us.” No, they didn’t report UFOs. But they reported enough mysteries to stop merely debunking and discrediting… and follow the evidence. (Aren’t they playing our song?)

3 Replies to “At Mind Matters News: Astronomer: Hunt for ET can unify science and religion

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    Seversky says:

    “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

    – Bill Watterson

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    Seversky says:

    Or the distances are so vast that, if they are out there, they don’t know we are here just as we don’t know they are there.

    Or the timescales are so long that intelligent life elsewhere has come and gone before we appeared.

    Or they are so incredibly advanced that they are well aware of our existence and have quarantined us in our own solar exclusion zone in accordance with their own version of the Prime Directive. Maybe UFOs are their own versions of Captain Kirk ignoring the Prime Directive whenever it suits them.

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    Fasteddious says:

    I always find it odd when non-religious people advise religions about what they should do and how they should think.
    Any article that writes, “… create synthetic life in its laboratories — in fact, some of our terrestrial laboratories almost reached that threshold” , is not to be taken very seriously. As any honest person who has looked at OOL research knows, there is no terrestrial lab anywhere close to that threshold. Unless you call tweaking a genome “synthetic life”, then we are very far from doing that.

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