FD: "And I thank Melody for giving one opposite example, essentially correcting the statement she made that the percentage of medical procedures performed with less than 50% chance of success is "infinitesimally small". It only takes one example to defeat that argument, as "one" is much higher than "infinitesimally small"."
I believe you are incorrect, in more than one way, FD.
First of all, I stated, "The percentage
of medical procedures being performed, with less than a 50% chance of success, is probably infinitesimally small." One case does not mean one percent, and I would guess that the percentage of ALL medical procedures being performed with less than a 50% chance of survival approaches zero. So there.
Secondly, "When used as an adjective in the vernacular, "infinitesimal" means extremely small, but not necessarily "infinitely small"."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinitesimal
And, no, I don't know the number, mainly because it is so infinitesimally small, (vernacularly speaking), that I doubt anyone would bother to calculate it.
Hopefully everyone realizes this little exchange was just "in fun," and that FD and I are agreeing on the need for organizations like Alcor and SA to be more open, and for them to have contingency plans for emergency situations. With either of those companies' budgets, they should be able to do a lot more than they are doing. Alcor has been in business for 30+ years, and SA for about seven years. Their lack of progress is inexcusable, and their fiscal policies are insane, in my opinion.