Profile: FearlessLeader

Personal background
What is there to say about me? I'm a high school student from Connecticut. I'm interested in astrophysics and anything else outside of this "God"-forsaken planet. See the quotes? I'm a devout atheist, raised as a Roman Catholic. I'm also a way, way right-wing Republican. My various political and philosophical views tend to scare the bejeezes out of anyone who cares to listen, so I won't go there now. There's not much more to be said about myself, so I'll just move on. 2,000 characters? Who the heck can write that much? Is anyone really *that* interesting?
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Of course extraterrestrial life exists! Why? It's all in the numbers. Our solar system has nine (or eight, depending on what you think of Pluto) planets. Many of these have one or more moons and some of those moons may even be inhabitable at some point, but let's stick with nine. One teacher that I had told me that there are at least 200,000,000,000 stars in our galaxy, and that there could be at least 200,000,000,000 galaxies in our universe, which I later learned is always expanding. If we were to say that solar systems have an average of, oh, 5 planets, that makes 200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets. A ratio of 1:200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 inhabitable planets is a pretty difficult thing to defend, no? We're going to find this life in the next ten years, probably through a SETIesque project. It would be good for us to share technology and ideas with another life form, and hopefully we don't end up polluting a perfect society or anything like that. A beacon might not be a great thing to erect. I think that there's always the danger of trying to communicate a message of peace and accidentially creating war. I also think, however, that we have had a beacon for years now. Our broadcasts are being flung out all across Creation, and they may be warding off alien life. I know that it sounds like one of George Carlin's jokes, but what race could respect and want to contact the people who created "I Love Lucy" and "The Brady Bunch" (especially the latter)? I think that the former is funny, but maybe the people on Planet X don't agree with me. Who knows. But it will definately be sometime soon that humanity has a Close Encounter, and I hope to be alive when it happens. As for suggestions, I'd like to be able to "hear" the data. It may not sound like much, but the novelty of listening to space would definately make me want to donate more money, more time or more computers. I run SETI@home as another part of my neverending quest to unravel the mysteries of the universe. That may sound weird coming from a high scho
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