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Life: A Thermodynamic Miracle

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Uploaded on May 24, 2010

Did you know that gold can only be created in a supernova? That nucleosynthetic process is the only place gold comes from.

Thermodynamic miracles. Events with odds against so astronomical they are effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaniously becoming gold. I think most would long to observe such a thing.
And yet, in each human coupling , a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter.
Until your mother loves a man that she maybe has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it is you, and only you, that emerges.
To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold.

This is the crowning unlikelihood.
The thermodynamic miracle.
The same goes for anybody in the world. For everybody in the world.
But we gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. That world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget how cosmically rare our existence really is. You are the most important thing in the entire universe.
You are Life.

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