zoser, on 13 September 2013 - 07:09 PM, said:

Yes it smells with the idea that man is master of the universe and only he decides how many aliens there are out there.

LOL, that well illustrates that you do not understand the Drake Equation, nor math!

It is not a fallback position of skeptics as was earlier suggested, that would not be in line with skeptical thinking, it's more of an argument of probabilities, something a bit like Schrodinger's Cat explains all states of a particle exist until examined, the Drake Equation examines statistical probabilities and outlines basic required components to be considered with regards to radio communications and what should be detectable. As it uses unknown values and estimates, it is an illustration, not intended to be considered fact.

For instance, what is the value of f

_{i} f

_{e} f

_{c} and L in the Drake Equation?

Resolving the equation is not the point of it, contemplating it is.

Your smell needs readjusting.