Profile: Pierre A Renaud

Personal background
- California Wildfires 2018
- October 2018 - Hurricane Michael Resources
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My old profile, accounts & the SETI@Videotron pages I maintained from 1999 to 2002 when I belonged to the defunct Videotron Ltee team.


Risen ape, optimistic nihilist, philosophical skeptic, secular humanist, atheist+, LGBTQ ally, clinobibliophile, 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. Permanent member of Sceptiques du Québec and board member of Atheist Freethinkers (membre permanent de Libre penseurs athées & Sceptiques du Québec). Bilingual (French/English) and trilingual when I've had a beer (or a sleepless night) too many (donc ne vous gênez pas pour me contacter en français). Can be found on twitter, facebook, goodreads, delicious, 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.

“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)

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 international high-level 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 reshuffles the cards) find that elusive extraterrestrial technosignal.

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 colony's coffees.

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