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February 15, 2008

#384: The Drake Equation

The Drake Equation

The Drake Equation:

N = R * f_p n_e f_l f_i f_c L B_s

N: Number of communicating civilizations in our galaxy

n_e: Number of life-supporting planets per solar system

f_i: Probability that life on a planet becomes intelligent

B_s: Amount of bullshit you’re willing to buy from Francis Drake

{{ title text: But seriously, there’s loads of intelligent life. It’s just not screaming constantly in all directions on the handful of frequencies we search. }}