Profile: Starwatcher Rick

Personal background

My first inclination that the universe IS my backyard came from Cosmos; the series, and later the book. As the late Carl Sagan said, "We are all starstuff." I can recommend 'The Demon-Haunted World' 'Broca's Brain,' and of course 'Contact,' all by that talented author.

It seems to me, when I get out under the stars, my problems - well, they just seem to dissipate out into the cosmos, if only briefly. I afford myself such respite too few of us find time for. As I lift my eyes to the ultimate mystery, it is both humbling and exhilirating. It is well, profound.

My friend Sam Storch once told me, "the wonder of the telescope doesn't occur in the eyes, but the brain."

On the subject of life in the universe, I firmly believe in cosmic anthropy - Life is a natural extension and part of the grand order of the universe. Otherwise, "it would be awfully lonely. . ." (Contact, 2004)

Is it important we FIND life at present? I would not feel so compelled. In fact, it carries so much responsibility, and I admit, the prospect is indeed frightening. "Why is it that the 'eggheads' always portray alien life as benevolent?" To paraphrase a statement by James Woods' character in 'Contact') Not just that fear of , but we humans deplore change. Imagine the changes that would follow such acknowledgement. . .
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@home as an affirmation of my faith, that we are not alone in the universe. I am mindful that it is not the destination, but the trip that is important. . .
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