Dude in Distress Strip 78

23rd Jul 2018, 7:01 AM in First Date
Dude in Distress Strip 78
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EssayBee 23rd Jul 2018, 7:01 AM
Here's strip 78 of Dude in Distress, and it seems Femme's recollections are taking a turn to the more personal.

Since someone will probably bring this up, from the discussion on this page, it seems Drake's Equation likely vastly underestimates the number of intelligent civilizations in the galaxy. However, I suspect that a number of these systems are inhabited by different individual species that have gone interplanetary. (And a populated system could simply be a mining colony on a moon.)


Haegan2005 23rd Jul 2018, 7:59 AM
Very good point about the Drake equation.

Isaac Arthur has a very good series of videos talking about it on youtube.

Our galaxy is vast and since our own detection systems use information that moves at the speed of light to detect information, a signification rise in intelligent space faring species may not be detected by us for quite some time. Even then the detection thresh hold may still not be met by the time the signal gets to us.
Black Rose 23rd Jul 2018, 9:54 AM
Pray that no arch villain is overhearing this...!
EssayBee 23rd Jul 2018, 10:22 AM
Although this is all very personal stuff and probably not common public knowledge, I think much of this is on record with the proper authorities and not necessarily secret. That said, I suspect Clark is getting a more emotional feeling from Femme than any government/military interviewer would have.
HiFranc 23rd Jul 2018, 6:42 PM
The Drake Equation relies on a lot of variables. The accuracy depends on the size of said variables. We are just beginning to learn what to set one of those variables for our neighbourhood in the Milky Way.

{edit} I may have misremembered but I believe Drake described them as constants. However, the more we learn about the universe, the more “lumpy” it is.
EssayBee 24th Jul 2018, 12:15 AM
Yeah, the equation uses a lot of "constants" that are based on assumptions. The premises of the equation seem pretty good to me, but the assumed values always struck me as being too subjective to really trust in.
O8h7w 24th Jul 2018, 6:09 AM
I think the entire point of that equation is to show what constants and variables to investigate, not to provide a useful estimate right off the bat. Note that "right off the bat" can be a veeeeery long time in science.
EssayBee 24th Jul 2018, 10:15 AM
That makes a lot more sense than the way it often seems to be presented.