James Michener’s SPACE suggested that numerically the odds are fifteen to one that there are other habitable planets. He wrote SPACE in 1982. The same question posed last night yielded this analogy: With what is known now about the number of stars, without having found such planets, is like taking a glass of water from the ocean and finding no fish, assuming there are none in the ocean.
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Michener is my all time favorite. I have traveled the world and time in his books.
We have learned a lot about time and space since 1982. I’m not sure anyone can tell us currently if the odds are crazy high or low.
Anytime I think I have something figured out, I look up at the sky. I know nothing.
Keep at it Tom!