Profile: Tom Saxton

Personal background
I am a computer programmer, mostly for the Mac with some occasional cross-platform work. For fun, I teach calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations to high school students.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@Home because the US government is too timid to properly fund SETI research. I think it's obvious that life is widespread in the universe, to think anything else is colossally arrogant. It was relatively recently that we thought planets were rare. Now that we have developed techniques for finding planets, we are finding planets are very common. As we develop the ability to find Earth-like planets and examine their atmospheres, I'll sure we will find that planets harboring life-friendly environments are not so rare as once believed. Developing intelligent, technological life with the skill and wisdom for long-term civilization is probably much more rare. I hope some day we find it, either on this planet or elsewhere.
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