Cognito Incognitus Paranormal Magazine Volume 1, Issue 2 - Page 8

We live in an astronomically large universe (no pun intended). A man named Frank Drake recognized this. How can we estimate the number of technological civilizations that might exist among the stars? Although incredibly inaccurate for any scientist's taste, Drake developed something very useful. Drake evaluated the incredible probability and inevitability of life compared to the odds of our vast universe. To assess the probability of extraterrestrials in our universe, astrobiologists use a method called the Drake Equation (SETI). Formulated by Frank Drake of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Technology Institute), the mathematical equation outlines the variables to yield the possibility of picking up communicable technology by other intelligent life beings (represented by the variable N). A unique aspect of the equation is that N does not produce a concrete answer. So while we can outline the variables it takes to yield life, we cannot assign a number on it. Many scientists, for that reason, completely throw out The Drake Equation. However, while Drake failed to tangibly assess a numerical value, he did satisfy one providential aspect in this question. Drake, by assigning variables that must satisfy to yield life, examines two natural phenomenons that govern life: the process of natural selection and the development of from simplicity to complexity. These profound aspects of biology leave us believing that life is, if you will, 'easy' and perhaps even inevitable. It may arise through a blanket of long evolution that begins (as the Drake Equation does) with the formation of stars. Those stars tend to have planets, which host life, which engenders intelligence and consciousness. The Drake Equation replicates the theory that life on earth is merely the latter portion of evolutionary processes amongst others that are on their way to be the same thing. Conclusively, I hope there is life beyond earth, and I hope we find it. The reason lies in the child that sat agaze at the sky —the same child I spoke of earlier—the child that was me, and perhaps you. I hope there is life because I would like to believe that there is something more to this grand universe than what I see when I wake up and walk through our monotonous days on earth. For years people have tried to escape from this monotony and have failed in doing so. I would like to think they were looking in the wrong places. If you really want a show, a spell-binding experience, transcendence, wonder, and passion, the answer is vulnerable. All you have to do is look up.