Profile: Roger Parsons

Personal background
Ancient zoologist, retired science teacher, amateur beekeeper, astronomer, breadmaker, musician, countryman and naturalist. Lives in the UK in the splendid isolation of the fens of Lincolnshire with their wide and relatively unpolluted night skies.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Does intelligent ET life exist? It is difficult to imagine that it might not. The key question is "WHEN?" as the timing of the search is critical! If we miss the window of contact opportunity we may never find out. As to sending out a beacon, I'd be inclined to follow the saying "Never trouble trouble 'til trouble troubles you!" Of course our own radio transmissions may already be telling others that we are here. Quite apart from any unknowable potential risks to ourselves, the history of clashing human cultures is nothing to be proud of. In fact we are a very dangerous and unpleasant species indeed. War, disease, greed, exploitation, religious zeal and xenophobia; why should our impact on an ET culture be any less harmful or shameful that it has been with our fellow human beings? I think a healthy mixture of scientific curiosity, humility, respect, responsibility, agnosticism and caution is probably the right way forward. SETI@home is an extraordinary exercise, mass participation in scientific data processing, raising public awareness of the possibilities and giving us something we can all do to contribute to the effort. Fantastic! And if one day IT happens....
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