When one takes all the evidence together, a better explanation for our finely tuned place in the cosmos is a fine-tuner, a designing intelligence.
The problem with the early universe is that it was a much more dangerous place.
Imagine a scenario where you don’t know the ancient age of the cosmos, but rather, only that it has an age, whatever that might be.
The Drake equation is simply the product of a set of factors, estimating the number of active, technologically advanced, communicating civilizations in our galaxy.
Neither the Earth nor the human race is allowably described as unusual, because that could suggest (shudder) intelligent design.