Profile: Pierre A Renaud

Your personal background.
Risen ape, optimistic nihilist, secular humanist, philosophical skeptic, atheist+, LGBT ally, clinocubicularist, tsundokultist, ailurophile and chess patzer. Usually sentient after the morning coffee. Known for occasionally snorting-out coffee through the nose in the general direction of improbable people and things. Permanent member of rationalist organizations Sceptiques du Québec and board member of Atheist Freethinkers / Membre permanent de Libre penseurs athées & Sceptiques du Québec. Can be found and lost on twitter and facebook.

“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

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society... then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them... We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant." - Karl R. Popper

" 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)
Your opinions about BOINC message boards
BOINC is a landmark piece of software that democratizes citizen science by greatly facilitating access and contribution to distributed computing projects, and imho only the arrival of quantum computing will eventually make it history (but I'm probably wrong on that). It is an humbling but fascinating experience to be able to contribute to scientific research, especially as a non-scientist/specialist !

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