From the time I was a child gazing in wonder at the stars, I have always been fascinated by the immense majesty and mystery of our universe. Though I am not a scientist, I have always maintained an active interest in learning about space and the ways that we as humans can begin to explore its magnificent depths; one of those ways, though small, is through my computers' participation in SETI@home. I relish the fact that while I'm busy crunching data in Microsoft Access at work, my computer is busy crunching data at home for BOINC.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Since I am not employed as an actual astronomer, I see my participation in the SETI@home project as my own opportunity to contribute something to the exploration of the cosmos. As Carl Sagan wrote in "Contact," I sincerely believe that there is room for other intelligent life somewhere else in the expansive reaches of the universe. As an Anglican/Episcopalian Christian who is deeply interested in science, every new discovery intensifies my childlike wonder over all that God has created -- the sheer enormity of space and the possibility that other intelligent beings could exist elsewhere in the universe have given me the conviction that there is much that mankind has yet to learn, if we are not too closed-minded to consider all the possibilities. Although SETI's focus on radio transmissions is admittedly narrow, I find the mere possibility that my computer could someday help to discover another "Wow!" signal to be incredibly exciting. Even if the SETI project never produces actual evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence, its accomplishments in the field of astronomical science are certainly significant enough to deserve a share of my CPU's processing time.