Hi All!! I am Samir from Pune, India. I am a M.Sc. Physics student, who used to be fascinated by the unknown frontiers of Space. Though now I seem to know a lot about the outer reaches, The philosophical questions are still there.
I Love Nature & spend lots of time observing it & wondering about patterns in it that may seem inherently random. Now I AM doing some multiwavelength astronomy myself. I am also into photography, cycling etc. I am a vegetarian by choice. I am very much affected by the way most of the Human Race is treating our environment. It is as if they dont care if the next generation has anything left.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Freedom is one of my most precious possessions. So I First try myself and then advice others to respect the Freedom of our fellow Earthlings...People like Kellermann, Carl Sagan & Jill Tarter have always been an inspiration on how to follow a belief without forcing others to do so. That is also one reason why I run S@H.
I don't see any reason not to believe in ETI...though I wont bet on finding them very near US though. It will be a good stimulus for the idle brains that take for granted their position in the universe as the most superior. This attitude has only done much harm than good.
I started using S@h because i have got to know a lot about Radio Telescopes recently & i wanted to start somewhere. Now I know the details of SETI. Its amazing how even small bits of data from a single dish telescope can add up to so much that so many processors in the World cant finish crunching it!! I believe that someday we'll have multidish interferometers working on SETI too.
I run this S@H client on my machine at my institute which is a Pentium IV with a Redhat Linux 7.3 platform. I also find it an unconventional way of nonconformism & spreading the messages of freedom of resources!! Its also a kinda thrilling race of processors, if u dont seriously consider it a global collaborative effort of co-operative distributed computing to possibly find ETI!!