The title text makes fun of the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, which was founded by Frank Drake, about the searches for intelligent life on other planets by looking for radio communications and the intelligence of their researchers.
Nearly nothing, if not nothing, restricts potential extraterrestrial communications to the frequencies that SETI searches at any given moment.
Even if there is life on other planets, most life forms will not establish civilizations.
However, if there are any communicating civilizations, their messages would have to travel for hundreds, thousands, or hundreds of thousands of years to reach us, and then our response would take an equivalent amount of time, leaving them waiting for thousands and thousands of years or more, and probably even more than that.
Any response, from their perspective, would take at least twice as long as the message took to reach its destination.
All the factors involved in the equation are difficult to measure or estimate, no number is determined with sufficient accuracy, so the equation is a guideline for a thought experiment at best, and just "bullshit" at worst.
Just studying the development of future post-colonial Martian generations unlocks a lot of secrets of how the human race can adapt to secondary data points other than Earth. To read Part II, titled The Case for Space Sex, you can read the article here. You’re in your 30s, you live in the year 2029, you just sold all your assets so that you can afford that one way ticket to the Martian colony. Do you think you’d be able to find a partner on Mars to live with?As you can imagine and for those familiar with the equation, we dont have actual data for MOST of the Classical Drake equation factors, but they are guesses, based on human trends, human technology leaps, and so on.So with only one known life-bearing planet at the time, ours, the calculation of the ultimate value for the Drake Equation was always a conservative guess based on comparison to the progress of human civilization and the technologic precipices we faced.We still dont have the proof of extraterrestrial intelligent life yet but some of the Drake factors can be addressed with more accuracy.In our current Exoplanet count we puts the total number of Exoplanets somewhat north of 3300. Originally the planet hunting results were more limited, providing us with the ability to find only the biggest Jupiter sized planets.I’m not sure if I can quantify their potential for love, but I can quantify the number of people that meet their standards.