Quote# 4363

Now, what happens if you are right? We both die in ground, and i won't particularly care whether i lead people to believe in something incorrect. I'll be too dead to worry about it.

Magus55, Internet Infidels 10 Comments [9/1/2003 12:00:00 AM]
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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

Professor M

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

Sideshow Bob

It's less of a Pascal's Wager than it is Roulette.

6/27/2007 3:23:08 PM

Sideshow Bob

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

Dr. Shrinker

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.

2/6/2010 1:36:30 AM

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