Profile: Martylg

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Personal background
A computer geek by hobby, I was asked a few years ago if I was aware of SETI and how I could help. I currently run five computers at various times supporting SETI. I am a strong believer that we are not the only people in the universe and am excited in being allowed to take part in trying to locate intelligent life from out there.

While my computers work towards exploring outer space I spend some of my spare time searching the inner space on earth. I enjoy scuba diving and have dove various locations in both salt water and fresh water. My main enjoyment is wreck diving and helping new divers get the most enjoyment out of their dive experiences.

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I find it hard to believe that we are the only living, breathing, thinking, things in the universe. I would like to believe that when the time is right we will be approached by other beings when we have reached a period in our development/evolution that will allow use to contribute to everyone as a greater whole. The benefits would be new technologies, new opportunities for entertainment, hopefully the progression of mankind into a better race. The dangers are simply running into a group of people that are similar to the short-sighted, narrow-minded, and me-ism that runs rampant in our cultures and corporations of today.

2. We are not ready to meet life within our own planet much less other worlds. I strongly believe that we are not morally capable, nor mature enough as a race to interact with other beings. Therefore, I believe that we should work towards cleaning up our own house, exploring our own solar system and letting the, hopefully, more advance races contact use when the time is right.

3. Because I believe that other races exist. I believe that other races have stepped beyond the petty differences that we, as a young race, are still dealing with. I run SETI@home because others, like me, dream of the day when we are able to interact with other intelligent beings and have the opportunity to move beyond this world into a more advanced civiliation. I applaud the students and facility, as well as all the SETI@home supporters that help screen the data. I do however admit that my involvment does not go beyond processing data. As my children move on in a few years and I have more spare time this may change.
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