Profile: Daremo

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Personal background
I am a 43 year old living in Ontario, Canada. Currently serving in the Canadian military as a communications specialist. I joined the seti@home program in July and have been active ever since.
I have built a computer that I use almost exclusively for the seti program.
I have been collecting older cars for some years now, and have recently started into woodworking. I enjoy writing and have a book of some 60 poems, short stories and the like.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I think that it is na�ve of us as a species to think that we are the only sentient beigns in the galaxy. Life, perhaps not as we know it, must exist elsewhere. With the technology we currently possess, I think that it is possible for us to detect other forms of life, if they are using similar methods to cummunicate. If they are much further ahead or behind our level of technology (assuming they have a similar evolutionary time line to ours)then this may not be probable. As to the benefits/risks of contact, I look to our planetary track record; if another species were to see how we have advanced, seen the evolution or our species, its technological advances in warfare, weapons and treatment of our own kind and other indigenes lifeforms on Earth, how we have affected ecological well being of the planet and squandered its resources, I think that perhaps they would be less inclined to contact us.
2. We have been broadcasting non-directional non-focused radio emissions for decades now, in the form of television, radio and satilite signals. If we were to choose specific focused signals to transmit in the hopes of having other beings receive them and respond in kind or perhaps by physical contact, it would be releasing a pebble on the surface of the ocean and trying to have it land on a specific pebble at the bottom. The distances we are dealing with are so immense, given our technology in communications, it takes many years to get a signal out of our galaxy and, if you assume an equally advanced target,
the same time to send a response. As to what we should send, given the likely differences in advancement, we should send a repeating recognizable signal pattern, if it is intercepted, then it would be distinguisable from the background "noise" in space. Perhaps send out galactic location from other known galaxies - an electronic map as it were.
3. We make 4 basic assumptions, these are: that there IS other live 'out there';
that they are about as technologically advanced (or better) than us; that they are also actively searching for
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