Fundie respect for truth in a nutshell
6/27/2007 12:14:58 PM
What's wrong with this one? It's just Pascal's wager.
6/27/2007 12:28:25 PM
Well i care, because i'm not quite so egoistical as you are.
6/27/2007 12:55:46 PM
Pascal's Wager = epic fail.
It presumes that if there is a deity, it's a particular version of the Christian one -- as soon as you allow for the possibility that another religion might be "right" or that all are mistaken, the wager simply doesn't work.
(The popularity of Pascal's Wager in the first place is a symptom of some pretty severe Eurocentrism...)
6/27/2007 2:44:59 PM
Pascal's Wager is a bet not worth making. Even if there is a god(s), you're betting that you're choosing the right one(s), too. And that you won't just piss them off even more by kissing up and paying lip service to avoid the consequences of nonbelief.
6/27/2007 2:58:18 PM
It's less of a Pascal's Wager than it is Roulette.
6/27/2007 3:23:08 PM
Pascal's wager is binary, and it gives you two choices. In actuality, if someone is going to base their beliefs on probability and EV, then they have a lot more options they have to take into account. THAT is why it's as good as many would hope.
6/27/2007 3:26:30 PM
Sideshow Bob, missing the edit function
Sorry, NOT as good.
6/27/2007 3:26:59 PM
Fundamentalist selfishness is rarely expressed so blatantly
12/30/2008 5:19:01 PM
I love Terry Pratchett's response to this one...Pretty much that the guy dies and wakes up to several gods standing over him with various blunt weapons saying that they don't like smart alecks.
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