Retired Systems Engineer/Administrator, formerly with the University of Arizona, University of California Irvine.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Why do you run SETI@home? - In case there is anybody out there. Earthlings have yet to figure out exactly how a single-cell nucleus wrapped in a membrane that replicates itself arose out of a primordial soup. Until that question is answered, the probability of that process occurring elsewhere remains zero. We assume a magical/mysterious process from which evolution from single-cell to self-aware intelligence is common on the billions of other Earth-like planets populating the known universe. The first step from which the rest of the evolutionary process happens is not yet proven possible, let alone probable. Seti can allow us to skip over that first step when life begins, should intelligence present itself elsewhere.