Profile: Pierre A Renaud

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(Picture aboved: to my left, a brave guide under a hot suit and floridian sun, my sister Nathalie
and my late mother Huguette, Cape Canaveral, circa 1975)

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March 4th 2020: All good things must come to an end... (last task processed and reported April 26, 2020)
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Risen ape, optimistic nihilist, philosophical skeptic, secular humanist, atheist+, LGBTQ ally, clinobibliophile, tsundokultist, ailurophile and chess patzer. Worked most of my life as an operator/dispatcher in the field of electronic security until MS forced me into early retirement. Usually sentient after the morning coffee. Occasionally snorts-out coffee through the nose when flabbergasted. Permanent member of Sceptiques du Québec and board member of Atheist Freethinkers (membre permanent de Libres penseurs athées & Sceptiques du Québec). Bilingual (French/English) and trilingual when I've had a beer (or a sleepless night) too many (ne vous gênez pas pour me contacter en français). Can be found on twitter, facebook, goodreads, soundcloud, reddit and here in Team Carl Sagan (on facebook).

Furthermore, I'm a satirically, heterosexually inclined 54yo male carbon-based bag of mostly water living on a speck of iron-silicate dust around a boring dwarf star in a minor galaxy in an underpopulated local group of galaxies in an unfashionable suburb of the Laniakea supercluster (thanks to Douglas Adams for the help), fluent in French, English and Expletives. I stand for freedom of expression framed by critical thinking, democracy & state/church separation. I abhor tyrannies, absolutisms, unquestioned traditions, unhinged skepticism & complacent ethical relativisms.

My old profile, accounts, User of the Day at Asteroid@home & Yoyo@home (whew!), Climate Prediction & the SETI@Videotron pages I maintained from 1999 to 2002 when I belonged to the defunct Videotron Ltee team. Finally, a proof I was once a quite sexy keyboard smasher lol...

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" If your belief system is not founded in an objective reality, you should not be making decisions that affect other people." ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
" You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“ The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.” ― Steven Weinberg
“ The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.” ― Steven Weinberg
“ Once one invokes the supernatural, anything can be explained, and no explanation can be verified.” ― Steven Weinberg
“ If there is no solace in the fruits of our research, there is at least some consolation in the research itself. Men and women are not content to comfort themselves with tales of gods and giants, or to confine their thoughts to the daily affairs of life; they also build telescopes and satellites and accelerators and sit at their desks for endless hours working out the meaning of the data they gather.” ― Steven Weinberg
“ With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” ― Steven Weinberg
“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.” ― Isaac Asimov
"Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion." — Jon Stewart
“You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” ― Carl Sagan, Contact
" Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future and it changed us. It taught us that we have to create the future or others will do it for us. It showed us that we have to care for one another, because if we don't, who will? And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely places. Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope, that there can always be new beginnings. Even for people like us." (Susan Ivanova, character from Michael J. Straczynski's tv series Babylon 5)
"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." (Clarke's 2nd law)
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." (Clarke's 3rd law)
"Any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is indistinguishable from God." (Shermer's last law)
"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced." (Gehm's corollary)
"Be open minded, but not so open minded that your brains fall out." (Groucho Marx)
"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it." (Terry Pratchett)
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." (Aristotle)

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Q. Do you think extraterrestrial life exists?
A. Yes, considering how unfathomably huge the cosmos is, and considering how easily life could arise due to the self organizing properties of matter in favorable environments. Intelligent life is probably much rarer, and it isn't demonstrated that intelligence (as we conceive it) is a positive evolutive survival factor (taking the human species as an example).

Q. Should humans transmit a beacon for others to find?
A. We've already been transmitting a lot since I Love Lucy. I would understand if an extraterrestrial civilization decided to quarantine us for a while after listening to Hitler or their wannabees. High-power targetted transmissions should be subjected to the complete oversight of high-level international scientific commissions. No amateurs, tyrants or psychos should speak in the name of humanity.

Q. Why do you run SETI@home?
R. I'm a romantic nerd at heart, my cat seems to love the humming and the heat generated in winter, and citizen science can certainly help us (until quantum computing and AI reshuffle the cards) find that elusive extraterrestrial technosignal. I've been running SETI@home on my computers/devices since its beginning and doing my bit to help find that elusive technosignature, knowing it -- along with all the SETI initiatives up to now (see ) has only sifted through the equivalent of a coffee cupbathtub/swiming pool of this cosmic ocean, with only one certitude: we won't find those technosignals if we're not looking for them.

And until quantum computers & IA can take over and do the job more efficiently, I'll keep doing my bit: because (like so many of us, Earthlings) I'd like to know wether we're alone or not - both being vertiginous and/or terrifying possibilities, depending on your milage.

Q. Any suggestions?
A. Perhaps we should initiate a major, and I mean a major, international leaflet campaign to ask our so-called extragalactic undercover alien visitors to provide at least one tiny piece of material evidence they really exist outside our feverish imaginations ? Or not.

In the end, wether there are - or not - extraterrestrial entities arguing on intergalactic channels about who is growing the best coffee beans (an essential component of any successful civilization), the consequences are formidable. We need to know and, if in spite of fantabulous projects such as SETI@home we can't, then on one of those more glorious days, we will be the ones comparing and discussing on these same channels the respective qualities of Earth's vs Proxima Centauri b human colonies' coffees.


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