archive: SETI Sagan: Conact: millions of civilizations?

SETI Sagan: Conact: millions of civilizations?

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Mon, 21 Dec 1998 11:02:34 -0500

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>Subject: Sagan: Conact: millions of civilizations?
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>My husband and I watched Contact again last night ( probably for the 12th
>time). During the scene where Ellie and Palmer are sitting together
>watching the stars she tells him "There are four hundred billion stars in
>our galaxy alone . . . if just one out of a million of those had planets and
>just one out of a million of those had life and just one out of a million of
>those had intelligent life, then there would be literally millions of
>civilizations." This is incorrect mathematically, right? Anyone else notice
>this?
>
>Julia
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