I am a Supervising Dispatcher for the New York City Fire Department. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY. (No, I don't tawk funny and I aint got no aksent!) I go the office mainly to rest, the real work is at home. (Ask anyone with a wife, 2 kids and a mortgage.)
Every October I celebrate another orbit around the Sun (55 to date)and add another notch to my belt in one of life's cruel jokes; just as the Earth's equator bulges out, so too does mine. Another example of how we all are intertwined in the tapestry of existance in the universe.
When I'm not resting in the office or working at home you can find me in front of my PC further exacerbating the problem with my equator, listening to Doctor Demento or watching my collection of Star Trek memorabilia gather dust. (Someone toss me a can of Endust, please.)
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Is there intelligent life in the universe? (Some would question whether there's any right here on Earth, but that's a discussion for another forum.) I like to think that there is. When you consider the vastness of the universe and the infinite probabilites in infinite possibilities (that's my philosophy derived from the Vulcan philosophy IDIC, infinite diversity in infinite combinations), it would seem that there has to be.
It is my hope that one day such a discovery would alter humankind forever in a positive way. No longer would we be able to selfishly think of ourselves as the center of all life. Petty quarrels over material items would suddenly lose their importance in the grand scheme. Or would they?
History has shown us time and time again that humans thrive on conflict. Our short life span is littered with the blood of our ancestors in a quest for superiority in some way, shape or form. Would the existance of ET's invoke a new, positive way of thinking about our place in the universe, or just provide us with a new enemy to be beaten down? Food for thought.