Serbian Astronomical Journal 2007 Issue 175, Pages: 45-50
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On the timescale forcing in astrobiology

Vukotić B., Ćirković M.M.

We investigate the effects of correlated global regulation mechanisms, especially Galactic gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), on the temporal distribution of hypothetical inhabited planets, using simple Monte Carlo numerical experiments. Starting with recently obtained models of planetary ages in the Galactic Habitable Zone (GHZ), we obtain that the times required for biological evolution on habitable planets of the Milky Way are highly correlated. These results run contrary to the famous anti-SETI anthropic argument of Carter, and give tentative support to the ongoing and future SETI observation projects.

Keywords: astrobiology, methods: numerical, galaxy: evolution, extraterrestrial intelligence