N ~ 1: Alone In The Milky Way

Presenter Full Name
Dr. Pascal Lee
SETI Institute
Year & Semester
2023 Fall
Presentation Date
October 30, 2023


          Planetary scientist Dr. Pascal Lee will reviews our present knowledge about each term of the Drake Equation, which is at the heart of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He will examine in turn star and planet formation, geological and biological evolution, the emergence of intelligence and technology, and possible fates of advanced civilizations. He reaches the surprising conclusion that N is likely a small number, most likely N~1. We could be it. Implications of N~1 would be profound and will be discussed.