Profile: Roderick R. Hatcher

Personal background
I am 66 and married with two sons. We have lived in Saylorsburg, PA for the last 35 plus years in a solar passive, earth bermed, geodesic dome that my wife and I designed and built.

I am one of the two founders and president of a software company that produces ERP software.

My hobbies include astronomy, flying, hiking, camping, fishing, and reading.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Having spent quite a number of years in astronomy, there is little doubt in my mind that life exists elsewhere in the universe. However, with the immense distances and the time scale involved, I have no real idea when or if we will ever have the pleasure of interacting with another civilization beyond our planet.

Since we already broadcast our presence, by having a civilization at our technological level, I see no advantage to a beacon at this particular point in our history. However, I would be more than open to considering the benefits of doing such that others may have thought of.

I run SETI@home because it is my way of participating, in whatever small manner, in the universe. It is a good project with potentially tremendous implications if contact is made. Life is so precious, and since we really don't know if there is something beyond this existence, we should do all that is in our power to explore and enhance our time here.
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