Profile: Louis A. Hatton


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I am 53, a computer type that started in the late 50's and early 60's. Now I build networks and systems. I like to just sit and look at the stars and wonder what is out there. I sometimes wonder what I will be when I grow up.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Even without Drake's Theorem, it is terribly egotistic to assume that we are alone. For to be alone what a waste of space that would be. Carl Sagan, I think, once asked the question, "Which would be worse to prove that we are alone, or to find that we are just one of billions of life forms?"

Does SETI have the right way to find ET? I don't know, but at least it is a systematic method that appears to be well thought out, at least it is founded in our knowledge. Does this mean that another civilization would use or need the things that would produce the kinds of signals that we are looking for? I don't know. But I help SETI look, as that is the best way I can help. It is a rare opportunity to be involved in a project, even in the minor role of being an "automaton doing the grunt work", that has the potential of great impact upon all the people of the world.

The worst that can happen with the SETI project, is that it does not find anything. But this is inconclusive as the Universe is a very big place. To put this in perspective, think about trying to find your lost car keys in the LA Colliseum or at Disneyland. You can look all day and not find them, but they are still there. The best that can happen is that SETI finds something. That would be an interesting day, the stuff of dreams.
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