I'm a computer programmer in the Midwest region of America. I play guitar in a band, love to debate politics and religion, enjoy camping, hiking, camp fires with my family, being thrown from horses and shocking myself on our electric fence. I am a humanist and as such I believe that our destiny is in our own hands, both individually and as a species, so the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge is probably the very most important thing that the human race can do. If more people read Carl Sagan and shared that knowledge than watched sports the world would be a better place.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
It would be more unbelievable to me that life did not exist. Statistically our galaxy and the universe as a whole must be teeming with life in different stages of existence and advancement. I do not think that we've ever been visited or anything as silly as that, but I'm sure life is out there in full force. I think we should go ahead and trasmit a beacon. We have absolutely no way to know the intentions of other intelligent species but that does not mean that we should not reach out. Finally, the SETI@home project is simply amazing. I just wish many people didn't turn it off and never use it again after installing it. I would like to see this enormous project be expanded to other areas of science where distributed computing on such a massive scale is required.