# Beating the Odds: The Sheer Improbability of Being Here

#### Posted November 13, 2011

#### by Lensyl Urbano

visual.ly posts and hosts some excellent graphics. The one below, calculates the nearly infinitesimal probability of just being born. There’s hardly a better argument for appreciating life.

It’s also a good example of working with probabilities [and] exponents. Very large exponents.

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November 14th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

“It’s also a good example of working with probabilities exponents. Very large exponents.”

No, the graphic talks about “odds” but the numbers are all expressions of probability. Evidently the author doesn’t even know the difference. It’s not a good example of anything related to statistics or mathematics.

November 15th, 2011 at 9:23 am

“It’s also a good example of working with probabilities exponents. Very large exponents.”No, the graphic talks about “odds” but the numbers are all expressions of probability. Evidently the author doesn’t even know the difference. It’s not a good example of anything related to statistics or mathematics.Interesting. I had not considered there to be any real difference between odds and probabilities. Aren’t 1:10 odds the same as a 10% (or 0.1) probability? And when you multiply two probabilities of 0.1, you still get a 0.01 probability, or odds of 1:100?