A new cosmic-scale estimate on the evolution of intelligent life figures that “there should be at least a few dozen active civilizations” in the Milky Way.
Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Nottingham, Christopher Conselice who led the research, explains: “There should be at least a few dozen active civilizations in our Galaxy under the assumption that it takes 5 billion years for intelligent life to form on other planets, as on Earth.” Conselice also explains that, “The idea is looking at evolution, but on a cosmic scale. We call this calculation the Astrobiological Copernican Limit.” (Research sheds new light on intelligent life existing across the galaxy)
Buddhist cosmology has long claimed that the universe is teeming with sentient life.
Two other basic ways to figure the probability of intelligent “communicating civilizations” existing in the universe are:
- from a strictly materialist point of view or
- from the view that we are living in a “mental universe.”
From a materialist point of view, conscious life is a sort of ordinary phenomenon that could arise on many planets under a wide variety of conditions; therefore it must have arisen many times in the cosmos, including within the Milky Way.
From the “mental universe” point of view, thought itself is a fundamental part of the cosmos underlying everything in the universe; thus the evolution of many intelligent “communicating civilizations” besides our own would be expected.