Profile: Sian Wales

Personal background
I'm Sian (19 years old), a failed astrophysicist (sob!), who has demoted herself to pharmacology!! ;) I study at UWCM and Cardiff University; and so far, I absolutely adore it.
However, my passion has always been for the unknown, and I guess this comes under my branch of "not knowing"!! The thing is, however self-gratifying it may be to improve the health or ease the suffering of a patient, it does makes me think how unsignificant we all are when compared to the utter vastness of the unending universe. (By the way, someone correct me if I'm wrong...we're still expanding...right?!!)
Anyway, when it comes down to it, whatever the advances in medicine science and technology in the future, and however the human race evolves over the next few million years; our fates are already sealed. Let the countdown to the "big crush" begin!! :D

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
It's a nice thought that ET life actually exists, like it's a nice thought that there's a God, or that I will get a first (!!); no-one can possibly be sure unless proof exists also. I'm half hoping that we don't discover it in my lifetime; I don't think the world is ready and stable enough to cope with such a revelation. It is quite frightening though that we automatically assume that ET life will be friendly towards us; we have a great pad! - it has water, the right temperature, plenty of life-sustainine nutrients - we like it well enough! So why shouldn't they?! :D
To be honest, I thought we were already transmitting beacons in the form of satellite communications, escaping radio waves...etc. A beacon, again, is a nice idea. However, personally I'd prefer us to stay relatively "hidden" - it's probably a lot safer for our future existence if they aren't aware of the nature of life on earth.
I began running seti@home as a screen saver - it beats "flying windows"!! However, I believe it's a great initiative, and the best way to process such information. If there are signals coming in to our planet, then why not receive them?! It seems a bit silly not to......!! :)
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