Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Odds of Intelligent Life in the Universe | Universe Today

The Odds of Intelligent Life in the Universe | Universe Today: "The Odds of Intelligent Life in the Universe"

Written by Nancy Atkinson

"When it comes to contemplating the state of our universe, the question that’s probably most prevalent on people’s minds is, “Is anyone else like us out there?” The famous Drake Equation, even when worked out with fairly moderate numbers, seemingly suggests the probable amount of intelligent, communicating civilizations could be quite numerous. But a new paper published by a scientist from the University of East Anglia suggests the odds of finding new life on other Earth-like planets are low, given the time it has taken for beings such as humans to evolve combined with the remaining life span of Earth."

BHT finds it interesting when proponents of an old universe (by man's clock) believe finding intelligent life in space is unlikely.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The odds of super-human intellegence in the universe is very low, if at all. Due to the catastro;phic nature of the universe, no planet is stable long enough to allow super human intelligence to develop. Even on earth periodic extinction events wipe out living specifies to reset the evolutionary clock. These catastrophies prevent super intelligent life forms from developing. It will prevent humans from ever colonizing planets outside our solar system. Therefore intelligent life in the universe will always be very temporary and isolated in time and space.