It is very unlikely that the hard work of filling in the math steps will confirm the speculation.
Readers may wonder why 10 out of 10,000 planets observed have been "Earth-like" in the "habitable zone," whereas 8.8 billion are extrapolated/calculated to exist.
Why do they keep funding it? Same reason we fund evolutionary biology.
The finiteness of the universe is extremely disturbing to materialists, who want an infinite universe to avoid ever having to discuss a creator.