A joint analysis of the Drake equation and the Fermi paradox

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fermi paradox
Nikos Prantzos
I propose a unified framework for a joint analysis of the Drake equation and the Fermi paradox, which enables a simultaneous, quantitative study of both of them.
The analysis is based on a simplified form of the Drake equation and on a fairly simple scheme for the colonization of the Milky Way.
It appears that for sufficiently long-lived civilizations, colonization of the Galaxy is the only reasonable option to gain knowledge about other life forms.
This argument allows one to define a region in the parameter space of the Drake equation where the Fermi paradox definitely holds (Strong Fermi paradox).
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Written by physicsgg

February 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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  1. I am baffled.

    James Kennedy

    February 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  2. It will take us a while, at any rate! Peace to Fermi 🙂


    February 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

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