# It’s a Preposterous Mathematical Miracle That You Exist

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So, what are you going to do with this incredible gift?

“Imagine there was one life preserver thrown somewhere in some ocean, and there is exactly one turtle in all of these world oceans, swimming underwater somewhere. The probability that you came about and exist today is the same as that turtle sticking its head out of the water — in the middle of that life preserver. On one try.”

Ali Binazir, MD, MPhil, relates this Buddhist allegory before he dives into the math to see how special you are in this vast Universe.

He first calculates the odds of one turtle poking its head through the life preserver and arrives at 1 in 700 trillion.

The math for your existence can be extensive, so I’ll just hit the highlights. For a complete rundown on the mathematics, check out Dr. Binazir’s explanation at https://happinessengineering.com/miraculous-you-on-the-probability-of-being-born/

The odds of your mom and dad meeting are about 1 in 2000. Then consider the odds of developing a relationship long enough to produce a child, roughly 1 in 20,000.

A fertile female has 100,000 eggs during her reproductive years, and a man produces about 12 trillion sperm in the same period. The odds of one of the 100,000 eggs and one of the 12 trillion sperm…

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Scribbler of stories, lover of mysteries, retired Forensic Investigator and Tracker of critters. tomhanratty@substack.com