When modern members of this family bet on racehorses they tend to recoil from bets that involve odds that are much greater than 50 to one, and they would scorn punters who habitually make bets at vastly greater odds—at 500:1 for example. Such gamblers are dismissed as laughably naive, even delusional to the point of insanity.
Yet when members of this family consider the enigmas of biological existence, most of them make one particular bet against vastly greater odds without hesitation. They bet that unlike the other 20—100 million species on the planet, they live a dual existence—one physical and the other spiritual.
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