Profile: Steve de Long

Personal background
I am a 1st/2nd year student at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I like astronomy, physics, literature, history, politics, soccer, and hockey. I can't skate though:). I'm 19 at the time of this writing (May 15, 2003). As for hobbies... besides computer stuff? What else is there?
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I'm certain that life exists elsewhere in the universe. As for intelligent life, well, I won't take a position on that unless someone can prove it to me (I should definitely be a physics major, don't you think?).

I think that transmitting a beacon at sub-light speeds is utterly useless. First: you don't know where to send it. Second: you don't know if anything exists to listen, or if it does, whether it can understand us, or even see us as an intelligence.

Have you seen the 3 or 4 minute signal SETI sent out (in the 70's or 80's I can't remember)? We spent 15 minutes in astronomy class trying to decipher some meaning out of it. If we can't see anything in it (or not much anyway), even after it has been decoded, what are the chances that an alien culture could do so? The same applies to us when we watch for radio signals. We are looking for an artificial signal; that is fine, I would love it if we detected one. But could we actually understand the message if we find one?
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