Probability of Random Universes

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What is the probability that the universe came to exist by a random event?

In summary, it is highly unlikely that the universe came about through a random event since the odds against it are extremely remote. The calculated probability of the universe coming to exist by accident approximates 1 chance in 10 to the power of 1030. This number comes from the book "God and the New Physics" by Paul Davies. I would estimate that this probability is way too conservative.

1 chance in 10 to the power of 1030 [THE NUMBER]

How can you understand this number?

After the NASA WMAP satellite, scientists concluded that the universe is 13.8 billions years old (maximum value). Let's convert 13.8 billion years into seconds. Since the Big Bang occurred, less than 1018 seconds have passed. If I subtract these seconds from [THE NUMBER], I would still have [THE NUMBER]. The point is that [THE NUMBER] is beyond even understanding.

A cup of water from the ocean. Perhaps the most down to earth way of understanding [THE NUMBER] is to take a cup of water out of the ocean. The ocean would still be there. In reality [THE NUMBER] makes taking a cup of water out of the ocean a very poor analogy. Even if I took just one hydrogen atom from the ocean, it would still be a bad comparison. Even if I took just one atom from the entire universe, I would still have [THE NUMBER].

The odds in favor of the universe coming to exist by chance alone are extremely poor.

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