The problem with the early universe is that it was a much more dangerous place.
In seeking to explain what makes humans exceptional, current evolutionists convert guesswork into a methodology, as humans did for long ages in the pre-scientific past.
Can we explain human technology merely by supernova explosions and blind chance? In rare earth elements, we find hints of a better explanation.
The Drake equation is simply the product of a set of factors, estimating the number of active, technologically advanced, communicating civilizations in our galaxy.
Remember CHONPS — the acronym you learned in high school to remember the elements most important for life?