How can it be that fools like this chap get grants to produce such utter twaddle, and worse, get media coverage for it?
Intelligent civilisations are out there and there could be thousands of them, according to an Edinburgh scientist.
The current research estimates that there are at least 361 intelligent civilisations in our Galaxy and possibly as many as 38,000.
“It’s a process of quantifying our ignorance,” said Duncan Forgan, the University of Edinburgh researcher who carried out the work.
“It is important to realise that the picture we’ve built up is still incomplete,” said Mr Forgan.
From the BBC, no less. [story] While I’m all for astronomy and pure science research, this seems like it was put out for a drunken bet. For “estimates”, replace “first number that popped into my head”. I was going to make a joke about the University of Edinburg (a pub with a subscription to The Times) but I’d better not, I’ll get letters.