[Really OT]: Why we believe

Mark McEahern marklists at mceahern.com
Thu Oct 10 01:18:00 CEST 2002


[David Mertz, Ph.D.]
> [*] The idea here is that Pascal asks to consider belief in the Xtian
>     schtick as if one were a gambler.

[snip excellent summary of Pascal's Wager]

Yes, but what Pascal's Wager clearly elides is the possibility that God is a
PotatoHead and he yearns for us to believe accordingly.  The sham
convenience of Pascal's Wager is thereby revealed...

         Reality ->  Xtian  Atheist  PotatoHead  etc...
        -----------+-------+-------+-----------+
           Xtian   | +inf  |  -X   |   -inf    |
        -----------+-------+-------+------------
          Atheist  | -inf  |  +Y   |   -inf    |
        -----------+-------+-------+------------
        PotatoHead | -inf  |  -Z   |   +inf    |
        -----------+-------+-------+------------
            etc
             .
             .
             .

<wink>

// m

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