Profile: Marcel Vis

Personal background
By now I'm 40 yrs old, divorced, father of two lovely kids (4 and 7 yrs old).
I work as Delphi-programmer to get the bills paid.

For fun I watch a lot of horrormovies, read a lot of book.
I love fantasy, and thriller. At present I'm reading The Magican by R.E. Feist.
I plan to read the complete series. It's just a great book.
I have read almost everything by Stephen King.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do think E.T. exists.
IMHO it's just plain arrogant to think Earth is the only planet where live is possible. I also think it could be a hell of job to find E.T. because nobody can tell for certain where or what to look for, but that E.T. exists... Yes.

I hope we'll discover something during my lifetime, but if it would take some longer that would be fine aswell. The way humans will discover E.T. is a bit of a blur to me. I hope the initial contact will be thru the SETI-program, so be can carefully try to make contact from our site.

The discovery could be dangerous, because we don't know who or what we're dealing with, but I hope E.T. is looking for us aswell, so we can exchange knowledge.

We should not send a beacon into space. Mainly for the reason that we don't know what we're dealing with. If E.T. does exist and he/she want to be found then we'll know it soon enough. After finding it's signal we can see what to do next. Send a return signal or ignore it. But that would be a choice that can be made after the first signal(s) is/are discovered.

I hope my participation in the SETI@home program will help to discover a signal. Even if it means just filtering out all 'bad' data. This way the search can be completed in a shorter amount of time.
I also like to help, because in this way we are working as humans together. No differences, but everyone is working on the same goal.

I hope the project will be a success eventually.
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