A UFO expert from Harvard University claims Winston Churchill endorsed the search for extraterrestrial life in an unpublished paper before he became Prime Minister.
Avi Loeb, a theoretical physicist who is outspoken on his views about aliens, appeared on episode 1596 of the Joe Rogan Podcast where he discussed Winston Churchill’s views on life on other worlds.
In a clip which has received more than 17,800 likes on TikTok, the physicist said: “Winston Churchill in 1939, wrote an essay about the fact that there could be life around on other planets, around other stars and we should search for it.
“Now, he didn’t have a chance to publish it because he became Prime Minister and then had to fight the Second World War against the Nazi regime.”
Winston’s 11-page paper was first unearthed in 2017 and in the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, by the institution’s new director Timothy Riley.
The former British leader is credited with funding UK laboratories, telescopes and technology development from molecular genetics to X-ray crystallography.
However, Leob argued that if Britain had allocated the money they had invested in the Second World War effort then humans would have made first contact by now.
He added: “So much money was wasted in that war. If that money was allocated to the search for extraterrestrial life, the way that Churchill envisioned it before the war we might have, we might have known the answer by now.
“And what I’m saying is this is just an example for how non-intelligent we are. We are not working together towards a better future.
“We’re fighting each other. And that’s the answer to your question that we might not live here.”
TikTok fans were divided over whether this would be the case as some said that the conflict sped up advancements in technology and others thought Leob’s claims were 100% accurate.
One user said: “World War 2 advanced technology far beyond what we would have today without that war, jet engines and computers came from it.”
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Another added: “He is 100% right… we as a human race can create a far better future but choose to fight instead smh.”
A third wrote: “It’s the same today, imagine if all the money spent today on military went towards technology and progress.”
A fourth commented: “They have the answers and they hide it from us. We all know this.”