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Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Just by the sheer volume of space that's out there, life on other worlds is a near certainty. For humans to think that we are the sole reason for the existence of the universe is a sign of just how egotistical we really are.
Whether or not we want to transmit a beacon for others to find is a moot point. We have been broadcasting TV and radio signals into outer space for a LONG time now. Rather than a well thought out, scientific message from NASA, aliens are more likely to get their first impression of earth from old I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver reruns. Scary thought...isn't it?
I run SETI@Home because it's a great way to spend all those wasted computer cycles that would otherwise be showing flying toasters, or rats running through a maze. The chances of finding a legitimate signal is incredicly small, but the possibility is there. With 3.2 million people (and rising) out there running the program, we'll catch up to Aricebo in no time!
Insert your favorite conspiracy theory here, folks...