Profile: cgregb


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Personal background
Born and raised in Kentucky, moved all over the world (Thailand, Germany, England, Michigan, South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi) and now live in Arizona. Have worked in the USAF for ten years(fixing electronic equipment and forward air control), GenRad (selling computer testers) for ten years, financial planning for five years and now banking for about nine years. I have a B.A in Management, and a Masters in Business. I have taught school at the junior and senior level for Park College over the last ten years. Now I just run a commercial lending division and am the SR. VP.

I'm 61 this month. I have two children, one boy 34, one girl 27, and no grandchildren. I work half days; 7:00 AM to 7:00PM. I sell money; want to buy some? I take care of the computers at the office as well as most of the electronic stuff. At home I grow things, like flowers and grass and trees. I stay current on electronics; seems I never did get this out of my system since I got my Amateur Radio License in 1964, and work hard at church. My God has protected me too many times to count!

I've been shot at in war, divorced twice, nearly went broke but have two great kids, and a loving wife now. Never give up; always trust in God!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
If I didn't think that extraterrestrial life might exist, I wouldn't waste a single CPU cycle on this. Do I think it does exist - I don't know. Statistically it should. The question is how advanced is it? How capable is it? Where is it? How do they communicate? etc. etc. We make an assumption that someone is out there and sending information towards us in a format that we will recognize and potentially understand. Let's face it - humans are a primitive species. We have to use heavy chemicals to get off our own planet. We have to take our atmosphere and water with us. We have only used the radio waves to communicate for less than 100 years. Computers are "new" since the 1950's. Who are we kidding? We are the problem. We can't even live together in peace!

The Bible does not say we are alone. So yes, transmit a beacon; but we do everyday - on millions or billions of frequencies, with many types of modulation. So what if someone "hears" it. They will be smarter than we are. Will they be more powerful? More warlike?

I run SETI because I am fascinated in the possibility of discovery. I want to know! Sure SETI is a long shot, but the alternative is what? No shot! If you never try you are guaranteed to fail. I don't like those odds at all. I will try and fail rather than not try and never experience anything!
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