I'm a 45 year old Registered Nurse/Paramedic.
I work critical care, trauma & rescue.
I live in the Florida Panhandle right on the water with my dear wife & our 3 year old Boston Terrier (who is spoiled rotten )
I enjoy the outdoors. My toys include jet skis, jet boats, water sking, camping in my 42 foot motor home. I especially like camping in secluded areas that offer great views of the night sky.
The best feeling I ever experienced was the first time a took a person who had suffered cardiac arrest & brought them back to the world of the living.
There's just no high like the high of snatching someone from the jaws of death. Nothing compares..... except maybe being a part of discovering new life forms. That's why I joined SETI. I want to be a part of life, on this world, and others.
My motto: May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do think life exists elsewhere in this universe. To me, it's not a question of "IF" but merely a matter of exactly "WHERE". Time & distance are our worst adversaries in our quest for contact. But it will happen. I can't tell you when or how. It seems to me that the SETI project offers a logical approach towards meeting the end. There may be other possibilities, but space probes are costly, slow, & cannot give us the huge quantities of data necessary. The frontier is simply too vast. Surely, signal data analysis is the quickest, cheapest method available to us right now.
The benefits & dangers of contact are as old as the imagination of mankind. Who could possibly know what gifts or dangers await us. That really doesn't matter though. Mankind is an inquisitive species. No matter the cost, rewards, or the consequences, we will march onward towards discovery. It is what our species does. So the question of "benfit vs. danger" is simply just a driving force. We move forward because we must. Regardless of the outcome.