I'm a California native, born in 1957, when scientific fantasy and speculation about outer space was giving way to genuine exploration.
By profession I'm a Technical Writer, with industries from telecommunications to environmental to aerospace in my resume.
I'm also an ordained Minister of Metaphysics, always seeking to meld science with spirituality, searching for The Big Picture, the Cosmic Truth.
I've also had a sighting of something I can't explain, something that doesn't fit in any rational explanation (Occam's Razor cuts both ways). I won't go into it here, but let's just say it was the cause of great introspection, and launched me on my search for The Answer.
I know ET's out there; I just hope we know how to listen.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I absolutely believe extraterrestrial life exists; when and how we discover it remains to be seen. If we continue to ascribe anthropomorphic qualities to that life, I believe that it will take far longer than necessary to discover it.
We are constantly surprised by the diversity of life even on this planet, species that exist in environments where only a few decades ago scientists were certain that life could not exist. To assume that life elsewhere should follow arbitrary rules set up just because that's how life works on THIS planet, is arrogant.
We do not need to transmit a beacon; we've been broadcasting radio and microwaves into space for half a century now. If ET stumbles upon our signal (assuming they even HAVE radio), they'll eventually know all about our society and where to find us. (But after viewing episodes of "I Love Lucy" or "The Hneymooners", why would they want to come?)
I run SETI@home to finally put an answer to the long-standing question, "Are we alone?" I know the answer to that, but the scientific community requires more proof. Extarordinary claims require extraordinary proof, yes, but by the same token:
For those who believe, no proof is necessary;
For those who will not, no proof will suffice.