Profile: rdouglass

Personal background
Live in Biddeford, Maine USA. Work as a Systems Engineer maintaining a 100 user network and developing database connections over the Internet for client use.

Currently running SETI@home on 4-6 systems depending on workload(s) - primarily WinNT systems. Can't stand to see them doing nothing (or next to nothing)during non-business hours...
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I believe it would be arrogant (or maybe ignorant is a better word) to say that there is NOT any ET - there is just too much out there left unseen.

I think if we do find them, we'll botch the first meeting. We'll probably assume something and we'll insult them by some trivial response. I suspect the others however, will be more advanced then ourselves and look past that. That, or they'll see us as a slave race or a new kind of fast food... ;-)

I don't think we should be actively searching (in terms of sending out a beacon) yet, let's just keep it passive (listening only) until we get our own "house in order". I too want to learn of other life out there, but I just can't see funding a project like that without feeding all life on this planet first. Besides, what would an advanced race think of us if we can't even keep everyone fed?!

I run SETI@home 'cause it reminds me to think a little about other possibilities, and it puts some under-utilized equipment to work (after hours of course!!!)
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