Profile: Andy Worth


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I am Andy Worth from Bristol in the United Kingdom. I recently rejoined SETI and have set up a team on The DVD Forums (www.thedvdforums.com). I am a co-founder of The DVD Forums, which started in 1999 and has since grown to become one of the biggest and most lively DVD discussion sites in the UK & Europe. Our SETI team started forming on the evening of the 18th of November 2002 and by the evening of the 19th we had already become 45 members strong. Between us we hope that the human race can make contact with other life (which must exist!) and that it will be of benefit to the future of mankind and the planet Earth.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I strongly believe that there must be other life. Space is a VERY big place and the Earth is only a tiny part of it. To dismiss the possibilities of life elsewhere is very naive. Humans throughtout time have been great explorers, SETI is just taking things one (natural) step further and making it possible for everyone to hold a share in what is the most exciting exploration project mankind has ever undertaken.

I don't think anyone can fully understand what the search for ET can mean for the human race as we have no idea what we are going to find. Maybe ET is far advanced of us? Maybe ET is years behind? Maybe ET is already here or comes here on a regular basis? Whatever we find I hope it is to the better of mankind and the future of the Earth.

I think humans should actively "look" for ET and make it clear to them that we are looking. We should be sending out a beacon (if we don't already?) asking them to make contact and offering our friendship. It may be years before they are able or willing to respond, bit if we don't try we are never going to find out.

I run SETI @ Home so I can say that I am doing my "bit" towards the search for other intelligent life. Although the amount of processing power any one individual can donate is small it is far from insignificant. If every PC in the world was put towards this search for only a small amount of time the question over ETs existance would soon be answered. SETI is a fantastic way of harnassing the power available to us and an excellent example of the World Wide Web being put to a good use.
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