This week’s meeting of the Year 10 Athenaeum, led by Mr Hindocha, focussed on the question of whether there is intelligent life elsewhere in our galaxy. Having considered a definition of intelligent life, the students were introduced to the famous Drake Equation a probabilistic argument attempting to come up with the number of such intelligent communicative systems that there might be.


In addition, Mr Hindocha introduced the idea of the Great Filter and the students pondered which side of it we might be and what the possible consequences of that might be. The session elicited many thoughtful and perceptive questions and was a fine way to end the year’s programme.