Profile: Samdani

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Hi, I'm Samdani from Islamabad, Pakistan. I am a SETI enthusiast. I like to read books on philosophy, history, astronomy, geography and science fiction. I love playing chess and Civilization. My current SETI system includes an overclocked Intel Q6600 and an AMD XP 2200+.

Salut, je suis Samdani d'Islamabad, Pakistan. Je suis un admirateur de SETI. J'aime lire des livres sur la philosophie, l'histoire, l'astronomie, la geographie et la science-fiction. J'aime jouer la Civilisation. Mon systeme actuel de SETI inclut un Intel Q6600 un AMD XP 2200+.

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"Radio waves travel at the speed of light. Nothing goes faster. At the right frequency they pass cleanly through interstellar space and through planetary atmospheres. If the largest radio/radar telescope on Earth were pointing at an equivalent telescope on a planet of another star, the two telescopes could be separated by thousands of light-years and still hear each other. For these reasons, existing radio telescopes are being used to see if anyone is sending us a message. So far, we have found nothing certain, but there have been tantalizing 'events'; signals recorded that satisfy all the criteria for extraterrestrial intelligence, except one: You turn the telescope back and point at that patch of sky again, minutes later, months later, years later, and the signal never repeats. We are only at the beginning of the search program. A really thorough search would take a decade or two. If extraterrestrial intelligence is found, then our view of the Universe and ourselves is changed forever. And if after a long and systematic search we find nothing, then we may have calibrated something of the rarity and preciousness of life on Earth. Either way, this is a search well worth doing."

Carl Sagan
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