Numerical testing of the Rare Earth Hypothesis using Monte Carlo realization techniques

  title={Numerical testing of the Rare Earth Hypothesis using Monte Carlo realization techniques},
  author={D. Forgan and Ken Rice Supa and Institute for Astronomy and U. Edinburgh},
  journal={International Journal of Astrobiology},
  pages={73 - 80}
Abstract The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has thus far failed to provide a convincing detection of intelligent life. In the wake of this null signal, many ‘contact-pessimistic’ hypotheses have been formulated, the most famous of which is the Rare Earth Hypothesis. It postulates that although terrestrial planets may be common, the exact environmental conditions that Earth enjoys are rare, perhaps unique. As a result, simple microbial life may be common, but complex metazoans… Expand
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