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A statistic I have been quoting that is completely wrong…
For the last few years, with great drama, excitement and a definition of ‘miracle’ thrown in, I have been sharing with people around the world the very unlikely chance of them being born:
1 in 400 trillion times (4×10 to the power of 14)
This is because the amount of available DNA so vastly outnumbers the number of actual people, that Scientist Richard Dawkins concludes the odds against you being born are so great that this event has no chance of happening.
No scientific chance whatsoever.
And yet, here you are.
The good news – you are a miracle.
Now the bad news, many experts now believe that 1 in 400 trillion figure is in fact wrong. So, maybe you are not a miracle at all
No, the new chances of you being on this planet and reading this are so vast the term miracle doesn’t begin to do them justice, because those odds of 400 trillion to 1 against don’t take into account the chances of your mum meeting your dad, that they stay together long enough to have kids, that 1 egg happened to meet that 1 sperm…
We are now up to 1 in 400 quadrillion – 1 in 400,000,000,000,000,000
That is approximately the volume in cubic metres of the Atlantic Ocean
Hang on though – there is another factor at play here – namely that every one of your ancestors going back 4 billion years lived to an age where they could reproduce, and did reproduce…
Now we reach a staggering figure – 1 in 10 to the power of 2,685,000
That’s a 10 with 2,685,000 zeros after it
Think of it like this – It is the probability of 2 million people getting together each to play a game of dice with trillion-sided dice. They each roll the dice, and they all come up with the exact same number-for example, 550,343,279,001. (Source: http://visual.ly/what-are-odds )
So, the odds that you exist are basically zero.
And yet, here you are
You may not believe in miracles – the big question is…do you believe in you? Comment below.
With my love and best wishes to you all
Thank you for all your comments on previous weeks