Profile: BenJJ

Personal background
Originally from Australia, currently living and working in South Korea in the fields of writing and editing for various industries. Interests include international film, reading, horror, SF, music, surrealism and anything that gives me a good laugh.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
We are by nature a tremendously parochial species with a huge tendency to anthropomorphise everything around us. An important survival mechanism, yet it also distracts us from pursuing the incredible adventure that awaits us out among the stars. Discovering that we are not alone just might give us the kick we need to stop acting like second-rate gods on a small planet with finite resources concerned with petty squabbles over land, wealth and religion and wake up to ourselves. This is something we have to do not only for the development of our species, but for everything that we have achieved. We need to do it for Plato, Confucius and Foucault; for Dali, Magritte and Renoir; for Chopin, Vangelis and Rick Wakeman; for Shakespeare, Jules Verne, and Douglas Adams; for Faraday, Fourier and Sagan. And for everyone else who showed the potential of the human species beyond fear and destruction.

Now, given just how mind-bogglingly enormous is the universe and the odds of a planet being just the right age and distance from the Sun to support sentient life, the chances of our making contact with anything beyond anytime soon is very small indeed. But there's only one way to make it happen and it's too important not to try. I've been using SETI@home since 1999 and am still very proud to be taking part. On Earth, we are stronger and better when we form communities. Let's strive to join the intergalactic community - IF it exists - and become stronger and better still.
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