Let's take that person's subjective experience of the universe is given. If we take for example one particular person - lets say the person that is reasoning about this question (denoted with I in the rest of the text), we could say that: "because I'm having various kind of experiences about the universe, I would say for myself that I'm conscious."
I'm interested in this question:
How often, during the vast history of universe, do I get the chance to be conscious?
What confuses me about this question is the fact that all possible answers are in some ways unsatisfactory. Let's consider two extremes and few consequences that stem from them:
It happened just once and I got one chance for these experiences to be lived through...
- Consequence: We could say that something impossible or at least very very improbable happened in the universe, that permitted me to be conscious and universe usually doesn't allow for these impossibilities to happen. I would argue that something like this happening would be equal to miracles from religious stories, that should not be happening in the universe.
It's happening all the time...
- Consequence: Not only does subjective consciousness that I'm experiencing gets "reincarnated", but is also subject to experiencing the universe in parallel (becoming conscious as someone else for example, while still being conscious "in one body").
I'm interested if someone has already thought about something similar, and the results this line of reasoning produces. But I would assume that my argument is flawed in some way and would like to hear where I'm mistaken.