Old 11th Jan 2019, 08:20
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Cox really harshes my buzz on that one. I've read a few Jim Al Khalili things on SETI as well & his view is similar. The nuance of it aiui is life arises spontaneously wherever conditions allow but rarely, for all sorts of reasons, gets going to intelligence as we would define it.

On Fermi, it's the other way round. Fermi came up with his paradox in 1950. Drake's equation dates to 1961. Drake took Fermi's paradox & attempted to quantify it. One of the great weaknesses & also strengths with Drake is you can amend the variables to construct an answer either way. Unsurprisingly, people do.
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