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Ep. 34 Harvard Astronomy Chair Avi Loeb Explains the Physics of Black Holes, and Why Aliens Might Have Sent the Strange Space Object ‘Oumuamua

Bob brings on special guest Avi Loeb, who is the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science and Chair of the Astronomy Department at Harvard. Among other positions, Prof. Loeb is founding Director of the Black Hole Initiative, and is thus ideally suited to explain the recent images of a massive black hole circulating on social media. Loeb also has been at the center of media discussion concerning the strange object in space named ‘Oumuamua, which has several properties that make Loeb hypothesize that it might not be a strictly natural phenomenon.

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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. Daniel on 05/18/2019 at 5:41 AM

    Hey Bob!

    I’m a long time fan and follower of your work. I would recommend you, and anybody to listen to this man a little bit, before taking seriously and/or giving (taxpayer or any sort of) money for black hole research.

    This lecture is basically about applying logic on the astronomers and astro astrophysicist own claims and results. The result is just hilarious, when you apply the austrian method (basically the extension of classical logic) to mainstream economics.

    Of course asking these questions instantly makes you a crackpot and a heretic to the orthodoxy. (Just like being an austrian.)


    Daniel from Europe

    • Robert Murphy on 05/19/2019 at 4:27 AM

      Thanks Daniel, I’ll check it out. I actually wanted to ask him about gravity waves but we didn’t have time. 🙂

  2. Mark on 05/22/2019 at 6:56 PM

    Bob –

    Have you ever considered if there are any biblical arguments for or against aliens?

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