If one square kilometer is a million square meters, then the probability of Mr Turtle sticking his head out of that life preserver is simply the area inside the life preserver divided by the total area of all oceans, or 0.5m, or about 1 in 700 trillion. I gotta say, the two numbers are pretty darn close, for such a farfetched notion from two completely different sources: old-time Buddhist scholars and present-day scientists. So to the second question: how accurate is this number?
What would we come up with ourselves starting with first principles, making some reasonable assumptions and putting them all together?
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A little while ago I had the privilege of attending TEDx San Francisco, organized by the incomparable Christine Mason Mc Caull.
Dating is at best another extracurricular, #6 or #7 down the list, somewhere between Model UN and intramural badminton.The writing of the books was precipitated by the endemic dating woes on the Harvard campus, as I observed them as an advisor and, earlier, wallowed in them as a student.Those kids graduate and pretty much continue to have the same dating woes — only now with fewer single people around living in the same building and sharing meals with them every day. Take piano, violin, tennis, swimming and Tibetan throat-singing lessons. Be ‘well-rounded.’ Well, you’re a talented little bugger. At the same time, there’s an opportunity cost associated with achievement.In it, she mentioned that scientists calculate the probability of your existing as you, today, at about one in 400 trillion (4×10). If I had 400 trillion pennies to my name, I could probably retire.Previously, I had heard the Buddhist version of the probability of ‘this precious incarnation’.I’m lining up books for the next 12 months, and I know you’re a book-reading bunch (that’s how you found me, right? So if you have some must-reads that would fit in the above categories, please share them in the comments!And if you’d like to keep abreast of my reading, follow me on Goodreads: goodreads.com/Ali Binazir.Talking can be hands-free and practically attention-free, while texting requires at least one of my hands and all of my attention. You do not need to have a baseline of deep trust, intimacy or a condom before you talk to someone on the phone. Imagine there was one life preserver thrown somewhere in some ocean and there is exactly one turtle in all of these 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. First, let us figure out the probability of one turtle sticking its head out of the one life preserver we toss out somewhere in the ocean. According to Wolfram Alpha, the total area of oceans in the world is 3.409×10 which we will conveniently round to 0.5 square meters.