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The Length of a Civilization

The Drake Equation attempts to estimate how many intelligent civilizations may have developed over time in a given area of space. One of the most important factors in the equation is the length (L) of time that a civilization exists. This is wide open to speculation and it is tempting to assume that an advanced […]

Old Intelligence is Already Here

The article referenced below ponders the question of whether our technology is too primitive to detect advanced ET life. Yes, our technology is too primitive to detect technology that is advanced far enough beyond ours to avoid detection. The electromagnetic “profile” of life on Earth has been spreading out into space for about 100 years […]

Search for Old Intelligence

Our Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) programs scan the cosmos for tell-tale electromagnetic traces of other civilizations. They hope to find a beacon announcing the presence of an intelligent species out among the stars, but they also are looking for any signal that might indicate intelligence even though it is not intended as an announcement. […]

Singularity Theory May Explain Fermi Paradox

The Drake equation demonstrates that due to the vast scope of our universe, it is highly unlikely that there is not intelligent life other than us. The Fermi paradox ponders why (considering the results from the Drake equation) we have not yet detected any other intelligent life. Singularity theory anticipates a point in time where […]

ET Slow Scan

ET phone home. . . slowly. In cyber-security, a stealthy attempt at reconnaissance often involves slowing down a scan until the time frame goes below the parameters in the intrusion detection signatures and the scan effectively disappears from the radar of the defenders. SETI radio astronomers monitor space for tell-tale radio signals that might demonstrate […]

Fermi Paradox

If our Solar System and planet Earth are typical of the universe, then considering how many galaxies and how many stars there are, the place should be teeming with intelligent life. (see the link to the Drake Equation below that discusses this) The Fermi Paradox is that in spite of this logical reasoning that there […]

Drake Equation

The “Drake Equation” was composed by Frank Drake in 1960 as a means to predict the chances that there is intelligent life somewhere else in the universe. The equation includes a series of values that are estimated by common sense or logic or any other means available. Once the values are filled in, the equation […]