Posts by Bob DeWoody

1) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Likelihood of receiving ET signals (Message 1956837)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Prior to the 20th century nobody dared to question religion for fear of reprisals,

Tullio responded with a good classic example.

Well, Giordano Bruno and Galileo have opposed the Church's doctrine. Bruno was more aggressive, and paid with his life, Galileo was more prudent

Galileo's story Galileo

Galileo's championing of heliocentrism and Copernicanism was controversial during his lifetime (1564-1642), when most subscribed to either geocentrism or the Tychonic system. The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, which concluded that heliocentrism was "foolish and absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical since it explicitly contradicts in many places the sense of Holy Scripture.

Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated him and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point. He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", and forced to recant. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

When you realise that no religion on Earth has any basis in provable fact or concrete evidence, and just relies on blind faith, it always seems totally amazing to me that religion has the power that it has. Galileo is an example of the past, but even today, despite the fact that FGM has been illegal in the UK since 2003 , and arranged marriages since 2004, it still goes on because some religions decree it. The authorities are well aware of it, but are reluctant to take a stand because they fear accusations of religious intolerance and persecution.

Right on Chris. As I have posted before--and others as well--the only effect would be the world's religions updating their myths.

Only some, not all by any means.

It's not hard to figure out why religion holds so much sway over modern human beliefs. For thousands of years it was believed that one god or another controlled everything that happens. The weather, earthquakes, volcanos, etc. etc. Its only been in the last two or three hundred years that scientific explanations have come to the forefront. And I'm afraid that most people stubbornly cling to mystic explanations for natural events. Otherwise it would be hard to cling to the idea of heaven and an afterlife.
2) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Would the Governments of the World Try to Suppress News of a SETI Discovery? (Message 1955984)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Everything interstellar, as in manned space travel, depends on finding a way around the speed of light. No FTL = no Star Trek or any other means of interstellar space travel on a daily basis. Also, if there is no way to go FTL, there will be no contact in a meaningful way with E.T.
3) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Would the Governments of the World Try to Suppress News of a SETI Discovery? (Message 1955890)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I can't believe it's been over a decade already! :-( This post of mine from 27th March 2008...

Good Morning Earthlings, I am an undercover E.T. working for my superiors on Sirius A - you know, those 2 stars somewhere in your galaxy.

I've been here long enough to make a detailed report on whether or not we make first contact...........

..........and to be honest, my report will state NO.NO.NO

When asked as to why not? My report will state the following: -

Earthlings cannot work together for a common gaol
They enjoy attacking each other
They hate cultures different from their own
They are power mad
They are greedy
They are untrustworthy
They are too warlike

We should consider sending out a galaxy wide quarantine notice to avoid Earth at all costs!

My thoughts exactly. +1
4) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Would the Governments of the World Try to Suppress News of a SETI Discovery? (Message 1955792)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Once I had a HP handheld calculator that used Reverse Polish Notation.
Tullio
I remember those.
Entering operands and operators is different to what we are used to.
Normaly you enter for example 3 + 4.
Instead you enter + 3 4.
That notation works very well with computers so there are several computer languages based on that.
For instance Forth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forth_(programming_language)

It's actually 3(enter) 4 +. You hit the enter key after the 1st number. I used the HP 41 CV for 20 years during my civil engineering career. It used rpn (reverse polish notation). I switched to a Texas Instruments calculator for a while and due to the fact that it used standard notation I made several mistakes.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Space Exploration News (Message 1955676)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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So, what;s with all the chinese text?
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Space Exploration News (Message 1955541)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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The NASA Icesat-2 satellite has been launched from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. It has reached a polar orbit at 290 miles, which correspond to 466.697 km if they are statute miles. I cannot understand why NASA does not use the SI System. It carries a single instrument, the Atlas laser system which will measure the height of ice fields in Greenland and Antarctica with a precision of a few millimeters.
Tullio

I think that, in order to stay relevant to the American general public, NASA feels they must continue to use the Imperial measurement system in their reports to the public. I think that after the screw up several years ago with a Mars lander they use the metric system for all other purposes.
7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Likelihood of receiving ET signals (Message 1955128)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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If I were an intelligent E.T. and had been monitoring activities on earth I would be tempted to send this message " I am God and most of you men and women have been very naughty. You have one month to clean up your act, because I am on my way back for a follow up visit." end of message.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : what happens if the ocean currents stop? (Message 1954586)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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There are just too many variables for accurate predictions beyond a day or two.
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1954054)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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The person in the photo shot identified as Carl Sagan looks more like Arthur C. Clarke to me. Carl Sagan wasn't that tall.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Going back to work landed me in the hospital (Message 1953993)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Well I am back working in the local school system as a substitute teacher while searching for some other part time work. Not much demand in my original career field for a part time 69 year old civil engineering tech. I'm not looking to restart in a new career but rather earn enough money to live a little more comfortably and not on the edge of financial disaster.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Your first job and career aspirations? (Message 1953992)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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My first paying job was as a civil engineering drafts(person). I went on to graduate from college with a degree in math education and worked one year as a teacher. From then until my retirement 10 years ago I worked in the civil engineering field as a computer tech(Autocad). I enjoyed my work in civil engineering and take great pride in the knowledge that my work has helped people travel around the state of Florida.
12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : what happens if the ocean currents stop? (Message 1953991)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I think it would be very difficult for the ocean currents to stop. It's more likely that some may get extremely redirected. Such as the gulf stream, if that happened England, Ireland and most of northern europe would most likely get much colder.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Russians actually planning a "Jurassic Park" (Message 1953961)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Article claims the Russians are planning their own jurassic park.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1010689/russia-news-clone-woolly-mammoth
14) Message boards : Politics : R.I.P. John McCain (Message 1953954)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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I didn't search deeply enough in the cafe. If the moderators want to kill this thread I am OK with it.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Space Exploration News (Message 1953952)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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This ought to become interesting.
16) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1953948)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Even if there are earth-like planets, they would need to be at a comparable point of evolution for us to receive any signals. That is, if they are even 100 years less advanced, they would be sending no signals, and if they are even 1000 years more advanced, they might be sending no signals either (or in a form we would not understand).

For that matter, everyone seems to assume that advanced life forms will be zooming around in rocket ships and inhabiting large cities. I think it is at least as likely that advanced life may learn to subsist will less energy and mobility. The reasons you move around are mainly to get materials to support life, or information on where to get such materials. Advanced life will have all the knowledge available in the universe, and know how to live where they are. There probably won't be that much need for communications at a distance.

I think the main reasons we initially sail over the horizon is our unbounded curiosity, the need to know, up close and personal, what's out there. Then the initial explorers are followed by those trying to make a buck.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Would the Governments of the World Try to Suppress News of a SETI Discovery? (Message 1953947)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Hi Clyde. But as I said some posts ago, 1/2 a dozen people having a certain view on a Seti thread, is not representative of world opinion. At present the various countries cannot seem to agree whether to send a "Hi we are here" message. It was NASA and the USA that decided to send the Pioneer plaques.

At least the pioneer plaques aren't actively searching for E.T. Only if E.T. tried to chase one down and inspect it would they find the information. Don't the Voyagers have similar messages?
18) Message boards : Politics : R.I.P. John McCain (Message 1953943)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Maybe I'm being politically incorrect but I think it is shameful that no one has mentioned the passing of John McCain, at least not in a dedicated thread. Right or wrong, I voted for him and still think he would have been a good solid president. All I ask here is what your mom used to say "If you don't have anything good to say don't waste the space (don't say anything at all)".

R.I.P. John McCain
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Odd Bright Stripe and Dark Sector on the Sun (Message 1952995)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Just checked at space weather.com and I still can't see anything like what is being described here.
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Likelihood of receiving ET signals (Message 1952993)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
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Indeed.

sub-space

They failed to mention Babylon 5. I forget what they called their version of subspace. Maybe it does exist and is where dark matter and dark energy hides. With up to 90% of the universe unseen and unexplained there is a lot of room to speculate.


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