Profile: Donegal_TDI


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Who am I?

I hail from Donegal, Ireland, a rain sodden, muck ridden, green but otherwise hospitable and beautiful place, I am 50(and sometimes feel every day of it!), main occupation is Telecommunications Engineer specialising in point to point microwave SDH radio links, part time farmer, sheep & cattle, although it's more of a menagerie than a profitable enterprise! Feel like Judas Escariot when it comes time to sell stock, they eyeball me when they go on to the trailer, and I feel like a snake's belly for days. However, all animals have a happy life while they're with me. Smoked a pipe for 24 years, gave up smoking during a flu. Chewed 1/2 tonne of nicotine gum since. Don't drink, except wine at dinner. Raised in a rural area, grew up on farm, animals were, and are my friends. I don't draw a line between them and us. Technically qualified for my day job. Hobbies include computer building, fixing computers for friends, music composition, sort of, rehash classics into something eminently listenable. Most aspects of science from Palaeontology, Geology, Particle Physics to all things Cosmological. Born into a Christian Family, make a point of attending church at least once a year, believe in a deity, not necessarily the one promoted by my Church. To dismiss a higher intelligence is, IMHO, arrogant. People I admire are Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking and my big favourite, Patrick Moore from the BBC's Sky at Night program. The first two I can't meet, the 3rd is probably impossible to meet, and the last hopefully some day I'll meet! My father was my best friend while growing up and sadly lost him to prostate cancer in 1990. Regret he never saw my nippers. I'm married to Kathleen, have a 10yr old son Christopher and a 9 yr old daughter Emily, jewels, all 3 of them. I found out, luckily just in time, a man should not have to live his life alone. I respect people, who follow their own advice before giving it to others, and I respect those who have an enquiring and open mind.

Do I think Extraterrestrial life exists?

No, I don't think extraterrestrial life exists, I KNOW it exists. I can't prove it, I don't think anyone can at the moment. The existence of God can't be proved, but plenty of people believe in him/her/it. I believe our galaxy to be teeming with life, at various levels of development, but I think nature built in a "safety" feature to keep us separated by immense distances, to prevent mutual interference, until we have attained a level of understanding and technical sophistication, that we are no longer a threat to each other. I believe the bulk of this life to exist in the outer limbs of the galaxy, which is peaceful enough and has the stability and longevity to nurture the evolution of life suited to it's respective habitats. I believe most advanced alien species to be benevolent, but I fear some may be malevolent, so I would exercise caution as to transmitting beacons into space until we're in a fit position to defend ourselves, or at least until we have made friends with the good guys out there. I believe the majority of advanced extraterrestrials to be very similar to us in appearance, to have evolved from a bi-pedal predator, although I do leave a niche open for the slightly strange. Their cultures would probably be similar to ours, but without bigotry, racism or greed. I believe there to be wonderful and spectacular things out there. I believe our future to be the pursuit of knowledge for the benefit of all. I do think human population will have to be controlled in the future, how this will fit into a democracy I really don't know. Our resources have to be treated with respect. Colonisation of planets in the future, will have to be treated delicately, as I expect suitable planets will have it's own native sentient life. I don't think we're ready yet, because a lot of the traits that the bi-pedal predator used to survive in our distant past, that we're descended from, namely cunning , deceit, treachery, aggression, racism, are all still too evident today. I remain optimistic :)
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
IMHO, SETI@home is singularly the most important project that humanity can contribute to. Most enlightened people believe that there IS other life out there in the cosmos, but it would be nice to have proof.
Then a new age will dawn!

"GO OUT AND LOOK AT THE STARS.
CHANCES ARE THAT SOMTHING SOMEWHERE OUT THERE
IS LOOKING IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION.
IT MAY BE A HUMBLE ALIEN BOVINE CHEWING IT'S CUD,
OR IT MAY BE A BIPEDAL PREDATOR,
LOOKING AT IT'S SKY FOR INSPIRATION,
THE SEED OF A FUTURE CIVILISATION."
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