Oh brother, talk about a textbook crank.
A self-described scientist has filed a lawsuit alleging NASA is failing to properly investigate alien life.
Rhawn Joseph, who’s written several books on extraterrestrial activity, wants the space agency to further analyze a strange rock on Mars, which he believes is proof of Martian activity.
The author claims researchers have not properly analyzed the stone, which somehow appeared in front of the Opportunity rover last week.
Joseph writes for the Journal of Cosmology, not what the scientific community considers “peer reviewed” or reputable – it’s speculation and fringe theories. There’s nothing wrong with that but for this guy to suggest that he knows better than NASA is quite some hubris. Geez, dude, don’t you think if they thought it was important they would give all they got to investigate it? Who wouldn’t want to find something fantastic on Mars? It would give their org a great boost. I have a problem with those who think the worst of people all the time – scientists are on the take or stupid, for example.
He also believes in panspermia, so obviously finds this latest Mars mystery interesting. We all do. But, I’ll be blunt – this guy has a long record of crackpottery. I rarely get so personal but how arrogant can you get?! He is WELL KNOWN in the skeptical community. Rational Wiki calls him “eccentric”. He apparently has threatened other authors for web content, and he makes fun of P.Z. Myers with goofy photos. Very professional. No wonder he has the reputation he does.
Here is the legal filing.