Profile: Leo Sarmiento

Personal background
Location:
- California, United States of America

Born:
- September 1970

Occupation:
- Field Support Technician

Hobbies / Interests:
- Chorale Singing
- MultiPlayer BattleTech (Former Kesmai / EA.COM Player [FWLM Command] & Staff Member [ComStar])
- Photon (FV-CA Member)
- Reading and Viewing Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Sports & Quality Dramas
- History
- Family Life
- ROBOTECH
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
In such a vast universe, we, as a species capable of communicating beyond our own physical limitations, cannot be the only ones of such an intellectual nature. For all of the solar systems and galaxies that inhabit the universe, the probability (and hope) is that life MUST exist...life capable of equal or surpassing capability to respond to our infant steps of reaching out beyond the confines of our home - the planet Earth.

It could be minutes, or centuries (or somewhere in-between), before we discover the kind of life that, in turn, can reply to our attempts of communications. With such an immense universe, with the kind of dimensions that seem fathomless, it is unlikely, anytime in the near future, of our physically seeing and discovering that kind of life. For the present, and for many years to come, we will need to rely on our technology, and projects, like SETI and SETI@home, to be our eyes, ears, and voice - our representation to the universe at large.

Both the benefits and dangers of discovering life that is at least at par, or greater, than our own are numerous. Needless to say, the change that such a discovery would create within our own society, and the images we have held about ourselves since humans started thinking beyond the basic needs of survival and propagation, would have to be dealt with and resolved before we could ever truly be prepared to contend with another equal, or superior, intelligence. The benefits and dangers we pose on ourselves, from such a discovery, would be much more "immediate". Once resolved, then we could honestly approach the same question knowing that we, as a species, are seeing such a question with a united front, a united vision, a united commitment, a united people, not yet seen from within the realm of our own recorded history.
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