Chad Schimke

Saturday, April 30, 2016

REVISED DRAKE EQUATION

REVISED DRAKE EQUATION - Image and other data taken from the Kepler satellite has recently been compared to a theory of Dr. Frank Drake. Developed in 1961, the Drake Equation surfaced around the same time as the advent of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Multiply 100 billion galaxies by 100 billion stars equals trillions of habitable planets. Because of the distances involved and the expanding universe we’ll never reach beyond the Local Group. I see this as our best chance of interacting with aliens, based on the Kardashev scale, here are his three types of civilizations. Type 1 civilizations can access on-planet resources such as fossil/ renewable/ nuclear energy. Type 2 civilizations can harness star energy such as a Dyson Sphere. Type 3 civilizations can harness entire galaxies by using generational spacecraft. In other words, humans could inhabit the entire Milky Way, within a million years. Why haven’t we been contacted by or discovered aliens already? Earlier conditions might not have been right. Or its possible aliens did exist and wiped themselves out. How? Global annihilation, mass extinction, climate change or an unforeseen impact of supposed beneficial technology could have been the cause. Will humans encounter one of these thresholds AKA the Fermi Paradox? In any event, I find the possibility of humans interacting with advanced alien life forms awe inspiring. Will we be the first advanced civilization, pioneers of the Milky Way, and beyond? Might our descendants look back at us in comparison, the same way we view early Stone Age cultures? Only time will tell.

















7 comments:

  1. I've always said it is foolish to think we are the only sentient beings in this vast universe.

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  2. Not a scifi buff but those flashing book covers might cause me to time travel!!

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  3. I agree. The images you use - flashing or not - are brilliant!

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  4. Believing we are alone is the universe is kind of arrogant on our part! Great graphics!

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  5. Yes, as technology advances, we will find out more and more about the worlds beyond our own.

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  6. Love the intriguing graphics in support of your story line.

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  7. I like reading books about space exploration, but at the same time I think it is interesting to think about what if we are the only sentient beings in the universe. I love whys and what ifs, which is why I enjoy sci-fi.

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