I live on the over populated East Coast of the US. As such I don't get to see the 'real' night sky as much as I want to.
My age: I'm older than I would like to be but on the other hand I am younger than some people that came into this world after me.
Hobbies: Loving my bride is a primary hobby but I've been told by people with more mileage in this area than I, that this is only a passing infatuation. I certainly hope not as the infatuation hasn't changed in ten years. I also have a fascination with anything to do with space but not so with the empty space in some people's heads, although they can be fascinating at times.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Anyone with even the slightest spark of logic will agree that there has to be other intelligent life in the universe. This is why we (including myself and anyone else I can convince) are using Seti@home. Whether the intelligent life is technologically equivalent to us or not is another issue. Obviously for us to actually make contact with another intelligent race would likely mean that they are at least technologically equal to us. Imagine placing a phone call to Eric the Red. I doubt if he would answer.
Contacting intelligent life â€œout thereâ€ could turn out to be a double edged sword, which may cost us our heads or turn our weapons into plows. In either case we will never be the same nor would we want to be. We have an insatiable need to know why we are here. On the other hand wouldnâ€™t it be a shocker if the answer was â€“ No Reason At All.
It is somewhat arrogant and selfish to think that â€œwe are aloneâ€. Of course for some, their religious teachings bring into view some considerable doubt about the possibility of life outside our little blue water bubble. This is not a bad thing in itself as this is the source and driving force behind our question regarding our existence.