Profile: Jarret Nelson

Personal background
Originally from California, I prefer to consider myself a native of the Pacific Northwest in the US. Working in Information Technologies for over a decade, I came upon the Seti@Home project as a reference from a colleague. I was intrigued by the prospect, so I first because a participant in the computer extension project, then decided to donate. This is a worthwhile cause. Like many others, I refuse to arrogantly believe that we could be the only humanoid intelligent life in the Universe. Our planet is relatively young, and if we have progressed to this level of technology at least once, I am sure other planetary civilizations should have as well. Let's see what's out there. Let's explore whatever and whenever we can. You need to do somethng...we can't all be astronauts, but we can ALL participate in the Seti Project.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do not simply expect other species to respect our position in the universe, nor do I necessarily expect them to attack our position. I think we cannot sit by and wait for them to contact us without attempting to find them as well. If they are friendly, great. If hostile, then I hope we find a way to defend ourselves. I believe in a god, but not necessarily religion. But I don't believe a god would create a single civilization like ours, on a single planet among millions or billions to choose from. Or if we happenned by mutation, then it is even more feasible that we are not alone.
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