Profile: flagship53

Personal background
Hi, I'm almost a half a century old and throughout my life I have always hoped for the elusive contact that SETI has set out to find. In 1968 I wrote on the cover of my junior-high notebook "Man is but a nadir in this vast universe that beholds a multitude of men". Somewhat prosaic, prophetic and hopeful. The use of the word 'men' was a metaphor for all life in all forms which I believe populates or has populated the universe.

I have worked in the aerospace industry, nuclear industry , wrote books on space travel systems and other subjects, and have taught school. I have degrees in chemistry, physics, industrial technology and computer sciences. My hobbies include old cars, motorcycles, reading, exploring nature, astronomy (three telescopes - 1 that has a 15K photomultiplyer CCD attached), astro-photography and many other aspects of life.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I have no problems fusing judeo-christian biblical beliefs with science when it comes to the expectations of life in our universe. The universe is vast, almost beyond comprehension. And with that comes the aspect of time and its never-ending march. Within that matrix of time and space and its associated vastness, life would not just seek a single stake in a single place is such a unbounded matrix of time and space. Even when you through in the biblical aspect, creation of the universe by a deity in six days... how long was a day, were all days of equal time sequence length........I don't know, but I believe that these were metaphors for what man needed to know and put in such a manner that he could comprehend. Yes, I believe in extraterrestrial life.

The search takes on many forms...assessment of different spectrum (radio, microwave, carrier wave, infrared, UV, visual-for us), actual 'on-site' exploration, meteorite analysis and other actions to possibly find evidence of 'life'. We must understand that life is on a macro scale and just using our own planet as a marker, we see that there are millions of different life forms in significant different types of environments. Who know, maybe we cannot understand or identify external signals due to significant differences in the environments between receiver and sender. Benefits could be fantastic if information and technology sharing would be proper, useful and beneficial to all parties involved. There has been much written about possible protocols needed in such transactions. Dangers could include exposing the human race, in fact the entire planet life structure to evasive pathogens or other harmful aspects that could eradicate, mutate or compete with life on our planet. There is always the minuscule but possible 'invasion' or use of Earth's resources for gain not benefiting our planet or at worse.... as stated in a Twilight Zone episode..."To Serve Man"

2. We already have sent these, inadvertently - radio and television signals, on purpose - Voyager
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