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Fri May 9, 2014, 11:26 PM

1. your comments seem to rely heavily on "infinite", a term that doesn't appear in the dawkins extract

dawkins uses large numbers, not infinity. this seems to be a crucial distinction as for dawkins, reality is not only possible but obviously so, his point being that those currently alive are so quite against the odds.

i think he's simply maintaining that had your parents never met, or had a different set of gamete combined, *you* would never have existed. whatever person would have sprung into existence instead would have had a different consciousness and would not have been *you*.

i think a scientist could provide more precise numbers than dawkins offered, but that would hardly change the point.

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