[In this chapter, I have mostly copied the exercise, modifying just a bit for the online circumstances. -- The Mgt.]
Let each member of the study group say aloud, "I do this exercize because ... "and then attempt to state "all" the reasons. For instance, you will do this exercize because you are participating in this online discussion group. Why did you join it? How did you get interested in the topics discussed in this book? How did you find the discussion? How did you arrive at this particular blog among all of the Internet sites around the world?
Carry the analysis further. How did you happen to be born? That is, how did your parents come to meet and mate? How did they come to be born? Amid all the wars, earthquakes, famines and other disasters of human history how did those genetic strains which combined in you survive when so many other genetic strains disappeared?
How did this continent emerge in geological evolution? Can you estimate how many migrations, wars of conquest, economic upheavals etc. led to the genetic strains of your father and mother coming together?
Attempt in at least a rough, vague way to account for the formation of the planet Earth and the appearance of life on Earth.
When each member has had a chance at this game consider the improbability of all of you coming together at this location on the Internet, at this time, to do this exercize.
It will probably prove necessary to do this exercize at least three times before the full meaning sinks into the neurons.