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IMPROBABLE

Dawkins, Richard To “tame” chance means to break down the very improbable into less improbable small components arranged in series. No matter how improbable it is that an X could have arisen from Y in a single step, it is always possible to conceive of a series of infinitesimal graded intermediates between them. However improbable a large scale change may be, smaller changes are less improbable. And provided we postulate a sufficiently large series of sufficiently finely graded intermediates, we shall be able to derive anything from anything else, without astronomical improbabilities.