The most valuable aspect of his case is the stimulus it provides to the question, “If non-human intelligences exist, how would we detect them?”
It is all about the costs of getting on the wrong side of the power structure. To say that this “chills” debate about scientific issues is an understatement.
More and more, the scientific establishment looks like a special interest group with biases of their own.
My first exposure to intelligent design detection in science took place during a summer job with National Defence Research in 1978 as an engineering student.
You could predict how the review would be written — not only that it would be negative but the precise ways in which it would also be spurious.