Profile: trux

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Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Why do you run SETI@home?
In fact it is not the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence that interests me at all. Much more than that, it is the Extraterrestrial Stupidity that I am searching for. And since the two are usually coming together, I decided to participate in SETI instead of trying to found SETS (Search for Extraterrestrial Stupidity), but it may happen once too. In contrary, I am already working intensively on Stupidity@Home, but let's speak about science, not my family, here.

What are your views about the project?
What I am especially interested in is how the human stupidity scores in comparison to the extraterrestrial one. However, due to the vast size of the universe, I bet once we will find beings even more stupid than we are. Also interesting would be seeing then, whether we are capable to learn from them, and whether we can match or beat their level. If not, then Einstein's theory about human stupidity would be invalidated ("Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.")

Any suggestions?
Yes, definitely. I'd like to change the S@H algorithm to search also for some really stupid patterns in the signal, not only for intelligent signs. I suggest that the most stupid employees of SETI and Berkeley sit together for a brainstorming session, and find out the most stupid ideas that could be implemented into the S@H analysis. Well, brainstorming is probably not the best term in this case, say a**holestorming would be more appropriate. Inviting some people from the Government may prove unavoidable to get really good ideas.
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