Profile: Sam

Personal background
Name: Sam Cherry
Address: PO Box 536, Holly Springs, GA 30142
Occupation: Self-employed - nobody else would have me
Age: Conveniently forgot, but my son says I'm 47 and my wife agrees.
Marital Status: Happily married
Interests: READING Science and Science fiction, Political novels… Camping, Involved in BSA; MUSIC, sing base, piano, and have played a number of other instruments…
I write some articles involving business.
I watch the markets nearly every day.
Deeply religious – I drink my coffee each and every day!
I am Russian Orthodox.
Feel free to email me for more information at

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. It would be extremely limited to believe that there are no other intelligent beings out there. It is simply a statistical impossibility that, in the entire universe, we would be the only ones. However, an intelligent race would not associate directly with such a primitive race as our own. Such contact would burst our self-centered, self-absorbed, infantile bubble. As a race, we are … well for lack of a better term, too stupid to handle contact. Someday we might grow up, but in the spectrum of all that is, we have a very long way to go.
I hope I am wrong and that we will make contact with some benevolent race who would take the time to burst our little bubble and open our understanding. Many individuals are ready for this, but our leaders are not. This leads to the first real benefit and danger: the elimination of political power as we know it.
Other benefits would be the advancement of society, technology, philosophy, and the expansion of imagination.
The dangers would come from a less benevolent race. These would include enslavement and extinction of our race.
2. Sending information is chancy at best. I still believe we should send information in a limited method. Due to the influence of political powers, I think we have already sent too much of the wrong information. We should send only bland, mathematical information proving only that we have a rudimentary understanding of the universe. Sending a string of prime numbers using binary code would accomplish this without endangering us to any great degree.
3. I run the SETI package because I hope we will find some benevolent race who will take the time to help us reach a higher standard. I hope my cynicism about this puny, misled race of humans is not shared by those intelligent beings out there. I also hope we don’t run headlong into being taken over by beings of equal or lower ethical standards than our own.
As for what SETI is currently doing, keep it up. Hopefully we will be ready for contact when it happens.
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