The Drake Equation

The Drake Equation

The comic title text reads “But seriously, there’s loads of intelligent life. It’s just not screaming constantly in all directions on the handful of frequencies we search.”

I realized how true this was.  I also realized that Earth is the galactic equivalent of a loud, fat kid with Tourette’s syndrome and ADD who’s missed a dose of medication and drunk a crate of Red Bull and is now standing on the street corner shouting random crap at everyone he sees.

  1. #1 by Chadwick on February 1, 2010 - 4:22 PM

    We used to be shouting random crap. Apparently, with the revolution of digital broadcasting, the power output of all our stuff is way down, so we’re going dark, relatively speaking. We’re a lot more likely to get lost in the galactic noise these days.

    On the other hand, the requirements for finding those radio signals assume a species that does transmit on those frequencies we’re looking for…and that assumes that however many thousands (or millions) of years ago that any signals left their planet to reach us now, they needed to be at a tech level to transmit on those frequencies. So there could be thousands of intelligent species just in our section of the galaxy, but unless they’re well ahead of us, we might not know they’re there yet.

    Though that poses the interesting thought that perhaps someone, somewhere, is just getting the first episode of the Howdy Doody Show, and is trying to call us back.

    • #2 by Joshua on February 1, 2010 - 4:26 PM

      Or, having seen the Howdy Doody Show, wants nothing to do with us henceforth.

      • #3 by Chadwick on February 1, 2010 - 4:42 PM

        Or it inspires some sort of religious pogrom.

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