Profile: Graham Dunnings

Personal background
On current use of the SETI@home programme, ever thought when we are going to catch up with ourselves?

I'm 28, I work in IT - well more internet security/commerce.

Hobbies obviously include IT, though my friends hate computers so I find it difficult to talk about it unless my friends are drunk and don't care.

Other things I enjoy are snowboarding and rugby, oh and mountain biking... I managed to break some ribs earlier on in the year so haven't rode much since.

Oh, and I'm into little furry animals when they let me :-o

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Do I think other life exists... er yeah.. I think its mathmatically certain that we aren't on our own. As far as the pit falls if we ever do meet up... just think BORG! I think it would need a much more mature race than we currently are, I don't think we are mentally/socially ready to make that "giant leap". Time will tell and great things come from firm foundations, and I would like to think that I am contributing to that in my own little way.

As far as a beacon... Don't we already send enough crap into space at the moment? I have visions of "Galaxy Quest" and our "historical documents".

First off, we can't expect others to understand our language - most of us on earth still can't communicate properly to eachother. It would have to be on basics... I recall an episode of Stargate where they communicate via the number of atoms and protons.. or something like that...

When I first heard of the programme, I must admit I thought it was an cryptgraphic key cracking program (sceptical as always) but now I'm not a doubting thomas anymore I think that we only watch a small percentage of the sky that the other areas should be looked into in time.
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