I am a babyboomer husband and father. I love reading, singing, nature, camping, and getting to know people. My education is in liberal arts but I enjoy science and nature and enjoy reading periodicals and books about the cutting edge of scientific exploration.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
The idea that we are not alone in the universe has always been an assumption on my part. The mathematical probabilities in an infinite universe drive me to the conclusion that there are many inhabited worlds or forms of life. The benefits and unexpected negative consequences are unknowable as are the risks of contacting life. But civilization seems to be developing more and more tools to reach out into the universe and I think that our nature is to take that risk.
I think that mathematical information and some durable visual images of the beautiful places of our planet could be shared.
I think it is difficult to determine what format to use to share information. We have changed the formats of how we store information so many times in recent decades that the idea of passing on information in the wavelengths that will be useful to other life forms is very challenging.
Would we even be able to share information with bacteria? Let alone some life form based on something other than carbon?
But being a part of seti seems like a small contribution that all of us computer users can make.