Profile: Dale Sprague


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Personal background
I am retired and live in Seattle, Washington. I have worked for an aerospace company for nearly 33 years as a science and technical writer. I have a B.S. Degree in Ecology (ecosystem math modeling), but fell into technical and scientific writing. My interests now focus on cosmology, exobiology (my first major at U. of W.), psychology (particularly the psychology of mathematics), and bike riding. My avocation writing is collectively called Phoenix, which I have been developing since 1975. It includes compositions that relate to my experiences, especially what I need to remember spiritually. Since I am essentially a pantheist (which validates any theism that can be imagined), I need to develop and maintain my own articles of faith.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do believe that technically advanced extraterrestrial beings far beyond us do exist, but that perhaps only 5% of our world's population is ready for contact. Contact today would cause a near worship following among most of the populations, and a cultural/mental breakdown of the rest. Considering the general state that our world is in, this is not to say that such near worship or mental breakdown would not do the world good. It possibly could. That we have not been able to make contact, indicates to me that this is intended by extraterrestrial civilizations, at least up to the present. I feel that if contact is made, it would be by radio waves, but why would they allow that?..if Earth is one of their favorite TV programs; my solution to Fermi’s Paradox. I enjoy devoting my computer resources to this project, of converting raw data to analytical data, if for no more reason than to rule out the hypothesis upon which the SETI project is based if such a rejection is eventually indicated. I just like making some contribution to science. As an exobiology layman, I feel fortunate to have this opportunity.
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