Are we the only ones out there? How likely is it that we’ll find intelligent alien life on other planets? And if we do, what will it be like? With help from astrobiologist Dr. Kaitlin Rasmussen and zoologist Dr. Arik Kershenbaum, we’ll uncover the secrets of the universe!
MEET OUR FEATURED SCIENTISTS
DR. KAITLIN RASMUSSEN
Dr. Kaitlin Rasmussen is an astrobiologist at the University of Washington/Virtual Planet Laboratory, and author of forthcoming book, Life in Seven Numbers, the Drake Equation Revealed. As you would hope, her research focuses on the Drake Equation in attempt at calculating the odds of finding communicative extraterrestrial life.
Here's a video that explains the Drake equation in a little more detail:
Here's a visualization of the "Goldilocks Zone" that Kaitlin mentioned in the episode:
DR. ARIK KERSHENBAUM
Dr. Arik Kershenbaum is a zoologist at Cambridge University and author of “The Zoologist’s Guide to the Universe: What Animals on Earth Reveal about Aliens - And Ourselves." When it comes to aliens, Arik looks at universal forms of animal communication to see how alien species could talk.
Here's a TEDx Talk with Arik where he talks about animal communication:
Learn more in our bonus interview episode with Francis, available on Patreon!