I’m pretty sure there isn’t a factual answer to this, so I’ll put this here. If I’m wrong, feel free to move in to GQ.
So, the wife and I are finally getting around to conceiving. And one thing that continues to freak me out is that tiny little things, such as the timing of the conception, hell, even the position during the conception will likely give the finish line to one sperm versus another. And, thus, if we choose to go at it one minute versus another minute, we’re essentially going to have a different child. I don’t mean different hair, or eye color. I mean, a different offspring with different consciousness.
But, am I right? Do the millions of sperm that don’t reach the egg represent millions of consciousnesses that will never be? Is consciousness determined by which sperm crosses the finish line first.
(I leave the egg out of the equation not out of sexism, but because that will only be detemined by the month of conception. But, if we’re talking month to month, then, this would apply to the egg as well.)