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The author used two hows here. Is it an emphasis? Or one of them should be removed?

Thanks in advance

Here is where emotions come into play. You might react to our improbability with joy, because you realize how lucky we are to be alive. We shouldn’t be here, and yet here we are. It’s a miracle! Or you might brood over how how perilous our existence is, because you realize that non-existence is infinitely more probable than existence.

-Scientific American

Source: The Weirdness of Weirdness
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