If there are ten intelligent civilizations in the universe, how would Earth rank?
As I mentioned before, the Drake Equation gives us an estimation of ten intelligent civilizations in the universe. Let’s say there are ten, including Earth.
How many would be better than Earth, and how many would be worse? There are several factors I’d urge you to consider. With respect to the universe, Earth is a baby! Other civilizations may have been around for much longer. We’ve done a lot to screw up our planet, but what are the chances that other civilizations wouldn’t? Being further along in a civilization could mean more corruption, pollution, etc.
In determining your rank, consider the general quality of life of the planet’s inhabitants, the technology, the peace (relations of groups on various areas of the planet), the intelligence, the power structure, etc.
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