Profile: Nino Dal Borgo


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Personal background
I am born in 1958, happily married since 1985, with 2 kids (Stefano and Nicola). I am living in Bellinzona, a small town in the italian speaking part of Switzerland, which has 3 castels registered in the UNESCO list of monuments belonging to the whole humanity. My mother language is italian, but as many swiss I do speak german, french and english as well. I am a freelance in the field of business organisation and IT consultant, and work with many govt. agencies and private businesses. My hobbies are sailing, reading, walking (helped by my dog who would like to travel at least 30 Km per day), music (I play piano and sax, but it is better for you not to hear), and social activities. I am a SF fan since I was 14, and thus it is quite natural for me to think that we are not alone, but in italian we have a thought: "better alone than in bad company" (freely translated). I use Internet on work only, and do not have a connection at home. My kids may look at TV 1 hour per day, otherwise they have to deal with the real world, like playing soccer, camping with Boy Scouts, doing sport, and so on. I am a lover of slow food and hate McDonalds and the company.
I enjoy very much trekking and hicking (this is the reason for my Avatar), so if you are fluent in italian, you can visit me on my blog, where you will find the diary of many of my journeis.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I have joined the Seti project in December 2000, for many reasons. The first is that I like very much and enjoy partecipating to a group effort, as I don't believe very much in "single hero" (like in many movies), and thought it was a worthwhile project in 2 ways: the reasearch in itself, and the idea of having so many individuals/PCs around the world collaborating together through Internet. The second is that I believe (but can't prove) that ETs do exist, at least on a statistical basis: in a so big universe, the idea that intelligent life has evolved only on our planet does seem silly to me. I don't believe that the Seti project has many chances to find evidence of ET life, but neverless it is worth trying. The assumptions that should be true for the Seti project to be successfull are too many: ETs should comunicate with radio frequencies, exactly on the frequency range that can be received and examinated by us, exactly in the sky sector which is investigated, exactly in the same time we receive from that direction. Before sending signals out in the big dark, I would think twice: many civilisations have disappeared due to the "cultural gap". When a more technically evolved cultur has met a less evolved one, the less evolved has gone astray (like in south America). Also, I think that to reach the inter- stellar travel (if it is possible at all) a civilisation should evolve far beyond the level of "brutality" which is present on our planet; but this doesn't imply that a ET form coming to visit us should be polite with us (there are many SF books which examine various way how this could happen). My hopes are that 1) ET do exist, 2) we establish a communication with them and 3) all is well. So let's go with step 1 and try with Seti.
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