:::this is the way the world ends:::

You Existing As You

What are the chances of you coming into being?


  1. Ned

    I’ve seen this. Though the math is good, I’m not so sure about the probability theory. However, I have seen this done with likelihood for the earth to exist at all. Pretty fun to think about.

  2. Tobias Becker

    In all honesty, I stopped paying attention to the numbers after they started getting too abstract to visualize (around the 1 in 400 quadrillion number). I agree with you about being wary of probabilities…sometimes people’s stories are bigger then numbers. However, I think the underlying issue for me is that as the odds start to align, it approaches a miracle. …and I use “miracle” not in a religious way, but in an overwhelming sense of wonder way. Maybe those two ways are the same, now that I think about it.

  3. Ned

    I would say the wonder I have when I see a photograph representing something 14 million light years across is equivalent to something religious.

  4. Ned

    Interesting to me that I ran across this today:

    by Seamus Heaney

    Not the one who takes up his bed and walks
    But the ones who have known him all along
    And carry him in –

    Their shoulders numb, the ache and stoop deeplocked
    In their backs, the stretcher handles
    Slippery with sweat. And no let up

    Until he’s strapped on tight, made tiltable
    and raised to the tiled roof, then lowered for healing.
    Be mindful of them as they stand and wait

    For the burn of the paid out ropes to cool,
    Their slight lightheadedness and incredulity
    To pass, those who had known him all along.

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