Quote Originally Posted by printer2 View Post
I agree with you in part, most people do not know how things or science works. On Frank Drake, I think you miss the point of his equation. It is more to show the posibilities than an actual number.
You have the key to my point in your first sentence. Average Joe looked at that serious looking equation and said "Wow! Science!"

It did stretch the imagination, but the only way that equation could show possibilites is if there were meaningful data to replace the variables with.