“Nature does not produce such things”
Okay, Oumuamua is unusual. But here’s what seems even more unusual. That a Harvard astronomer would be retailing stories that, sixty years ago, were the domain of tabloid magazines. And people are listening seriously.
These are curious times in science, as fact and reason appear less attractive every day to just the people one would expect to value them and people who might have been able to get away with tabloid news show more sense instead.
“Science” is heading downhill pretty fast in one really important sense: It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between “science” and “sciencey.”
The stuff that comes out of Harvard these days and gets published in Scientific American used to be tabloid news. What has changed?
Skepticism makes no headway here so it must in fact be a sort of naturalist religious cult.