I am a middle aged geek with a physics education currently working as a reliability engineer in optical networking components. My lovely wife bought me a telescope for Christmas and that has rekindled my interest in space exploration Afterall, I wanted nothing more than to be an astronaut as a child, but somehow found that solid state physics was a more practical way to earn a living. In any case, since I have a background in inertial navigation and computers as well, it seemed appropriate to look around for ways to combine all my interests, so I found SETI@home while searching for astronomy tools for my FreeBSD box. Since this particular box spends most of it's time idle, I figured the setiathome client would be a better use of the electricity it consumes just sitting around.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think we are probably not the only life forms in the universe, and since there are presumably many other life forms far in advance of our own, I think it most prudent to draw as little attention to ourselves as possible. Passive listening, I believe, is the right approach. Afterall, we could find that other civilizations consider us more closely akin to food than to neighbors. I certainly hope this is not the case, but if our previous experience within our own species is any indicator, there must be examples out there that range from loving cooperation to hateful genocide as well.