A man with his fingers crossed for good luck, circa 1950. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) We have nearly 100 billion neurons in our brain—about the number of stars in our galaxy—and they must all act in a particular way in order for us to exist precisely as we do. Similarly improbable, as Richard Dawkins wrote, “The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia.” For that sperm to meet that egg, and so forth. We exist This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 42 Anna Wiener Anna Wiener was on the path to Silicon Valley success. Then she pivoted. Allyssia Alleyne charts the making of a tech-skeptic. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Influencers Anonymous Instagram content creators answer a short survey about the influencer industry. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Crazy Busy There’s no rest for the aspirational. Arts & Culture Issue 42 The Goal Keepers Not your therapist, not your friend: What accounts for the remarkable rise of the life coach? Arts & Culture Issue 42 Torrey Peters The Detransition, Baby author is living her best life. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Trash Talk On wish-cycling and wishful thinking.