Profile: Fyndra

Personal background
Location: Milky Way Galaxy, major spiral arm. Ok, ok, Eastern USA ;-)

Age: 15

Gender: Female (yes, female science geeks do exist!)

Hobbies: Irish dancing, philosiphizing, otherkin, reading, feeding my Farscape addiction, DnD, writing, unschooling, coping with chronic wanderlust, rebelling against 'the establishment'
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I definatelly believe in extraterrestrial life. I don't know if we'll ever have scientific proof, though. The universe is so incredibly huge. Our own galaxy is about 100,000 light-years across, if I recall correctly, and probably has about 100 billion stars. The Andromeda galaxy is 2.2 million light-years away, and has at least twice as many stars. There's an estimated 50 billion galaxies according to analysis of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope done in '96. Some have luminosities about 10 times that of Andromeda. At so far away, we'd need some sort of way-faster-than-light means of communication.

On the other hand, who's to say there isn't life in our own back yard? The triple-star system Alpha Centauri averages about 4.3 light-years away. 18 messages could be sent back and forth between us and ETs there in the span of one person's life. So who's to say if communication is possible or not? SETI seems like the best hope we have for establishing contact, and I'm proud to have a part in it, no matter how small.

Potential benefits of inter-steller communication are countless. If nothing else, it will expand our horizons. We may know that the universe doesn't literally revolve around humans, but a whole bunch of people still seem to think it figuratively does. Maybe communication with ETI is just what we need to stop living at the expense of our planet, and start taking better care of it.

On the other hand, if aliens are anything like humans, we'd better build up our defenses. Flip through a history book and you'll see what I mean. It's no wonder so many scifi movies have aliens invading Earth. It's exactly what most humans would do to other planets, if they could! Let's hope that if we make contact, it's with beings who have evolved past such idiocy.
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