Other life? (Introduction)

by dhw, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 13:20 (487 days ago) @ David Turell

QUOTES: Researchers make a new estimate that the number of Earth-like planets in our Milky Way galaxy can reach us high as 6 billion.

While the scientists came up with an impressive number of possible Earths, this likely doesn't mean that's how many such planets there are and if they would have life like ours. But this new estimate definitely expands the possibility that similar planets are out there.

Taking into account what we do know, and mixing in some assumptions about life on Earth, a team of scientists have predicted that there are 36 Communicating Extra-Terrestrial Intelligent (CETI: pronounced "chetee") civilizations in our galaxy.

'I think it is extremely important and exciting because for the first time we really have an estimate for this number of active intelligent, communicating civilizations that we potentially could contact and find out there is other life in the universe — something that has been a question for thousands of years and is still not answered," said co-author and astrophysicist Christopher Conselice of University of Nottingham."

Oh golly gosh, this really is important and exciting. Nobody has a clue how many billion planets there are in the universe, and nobody has a clue whether any of them harbour life, but wowee we now have an estimate for the Milky Way. By sheer coincidence, I myself am developing a method for estimating the number of Earthlike planets in the entire universe (not just the Milky Way) and for predicting the number of INTELLIGENT CIVILIZATIONS (ICs: pronounced “Icies”) in our universe. This important and exciting research does, however, require funding, and so may I invite everyone who reads this important and exciting post to send at least $1000 to dhw’s FARCIC (Funding Astronomical Research Concerning Intelligent Civilizations) asap. Thank you.

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