Profile: Sean W. Hawley

Personal background
I am a former student of philosophy and economics turned network engineer. On the side, I have been interested in physics, astronomy, and geology since grade school. These days, as a father of two little boys, I am lucky if I can find even a few minutes each day to study more than a Scientific American article or a few pages from the history of ideas.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Often the size of the Universe is used as an argument for the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere (an argument that I likewise accept), but that very same vastness (the fathomless abyss separating us from all but the closest of stars) is an equally effective argument against the possibility of us ever making an encounter. The SETI@home project interests me because of the use of distributed computing across the Internet to address a problem as well as the remote possibility that we could still stumble upon something interesting, though not necessarily a signal from an intelligent source.
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