I am a computer "geek" that is 44 years old living in Minnesota U.S.A. My hobbies are Computer Science, Internet, Music, Hobby R.C. cars and my family. I am married with 3 children. As you can imagine that takes up most of my time. I also watch the science channel in my free time when I want to relax.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do believe that extraterrestrial life exists; actually, I believe that it is mathematically impossible for there not to be life elsewhere in the vast universe that is out there. The most profound benefit for discovering life elsewhere is that we as a species will finally know whether we are alone in the universe. The one main danger of the discovery goes with one of my favorite quotes in saying that "a person is smart but people in a whole are dumb." I believe that there are people out there that would like people to believe that if we do discover life elsewhere that they would be a threat. I just hope and pray that those are not the people that are running the countries of our world. I'm undecided on whether the human race is ready to be transmitting a beacon for others to hear for the fact that we don't know what would be receiving it. on the other hand, nothing ventured nothing gained. I run seti@home for I know that this type of scientific work receives very little funding and doesn’t have the computer power to be processing all of the information that they are receiving, and I really do enjoy knowing that I am helping in a scientific exploration and not just sitting on my butt hearing about it on the T.V. My only wishes for the SETI project would be to make SETI have more user options to utilize my P.C. and maybe think of some ways for home users to be able to do more for them.