[extropy-chat] The Drake Equation and Spatial Proximity

A B austriaaugust at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 21 17:14:17 UTC 2006

Hi Robert,
  I suppose I meant dividing the "hospitable" volume of the galaxy by the calculated number of intelligent civilizations capable of communicating outside their own planet, in order to provide a "probable" distance from the nearest such civilization.
  Robert writes:
  "Of course its kind of hard to display the post-singularity civilizations -- because we _can't_ see them!"
  Is that because you believe this is simulation? Or do you think that the post-Sing civs obey the Prime Directive?  :-)  Personally, I generally don't agree with the Prime Directive as it has been portrayed in ST. ;-)
  Best Wishes,
  Jeffrey Herrlich 

Robert Bradbury <robert.bradbury at gmail.com> wrote:
  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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