Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Intelligent Life on Other Planets

This is a cute article, but 1) it doesn't specify what numbers they plugged into whatever equation they used, and 2) it doesn't specify much about their rationale for the different sets of numbers they used. This is basically like Drake's equation: you can get wildly different results depending on the numbers you choose and why you choose them, and the equation itself doesn't give you a way of checking it against reality.

In other words, it's science fiction dressed up as science. Still interesting to read, though.
Tags: news, science fiction, space exploration
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