How unfathomable were your odds of coming into being?Submitted by jruss133 on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:09
Remember in Watchmen, when Doctor Manhattan waxes all sentimental about the miracle of human existence? If you do, you'll recall that he's not talking about the human race — he's talking about the "unfathomable odds" of any specific, individual person coming into being.
Of course, Doctor Manhattan doesn't give any hard figures to to go along with what ultimately amounts to the most long-winded apology ever. Fortunately, there are people out there who are willing to actually do the math behind this mother of all existential problems.
If you want the numbers for the human race in general, perhaps we should multiply their final number(10^2,640,000) by the odds of spontaneous generation, no more than "One chance in 10^40,000! “ (from the book Life: How did it get here?)
10^2,640,000 x 10^40,000 ???