[extropy-chat] The Drake Equation and Spatial Proximity

Robert Bradbury robert.bradbury at gmail.com
Sat Oct 21 16:30:38 UTC 2006

On 10/21/06, A B <austriaaugust at yahoo.com> wrote:
> It would be interesting to display the Drake calculation (or a more
> "updated" variation of it) as a 3-D, statistical (even) distribution
> overlaying the Milky Way galaxy. It could provide a "probable" range of
> physical distances between "intelligent civilizations" - and might help with
> some insights into the Fermi Paradox  ... ?

This is only interesting if you scale the stars (and civilizations) at their
level of development (incapable of supporting life, capable of supporting
simple life, capable of supporting complex life, capable of supporting
technological civilizations, post-singularity civilizations).  The density
of those various star states varies with general galactic position (and
probably "local" galactic quadrant history).

Of course its kind of hard to display the post-singularity civilizations --
because we _can't_ see them!

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