This is “pascal’s wager” blaise pascal was a 17th century french mathematical genius responsible for great advances in probability theory he answered his question this way: if you go. This essentially is what has become known as pascal's wager, a bare-bones approach to challenging the folly of unbelief blaise pascal (1623–1662) is widely regarded as a brilliant mathematician, but he is less well-known as a deep student of religion and the bible. Blaise pascal was a philosopher and mathematician in the 17th century pascal's wager, in a nutshell, is this: no one knows for certain whether god exists maybe he does, maybe he doesn't it's a gamble whether you believe in him or not so let's treat it like a gamble, says pascal, and look at the odds.
Pascal’s famous wager requires a choice between believing and not believing in god but there’s more than one way not to believe. Unlike pascal's wager, which is an argument for a belief in god, the atheist agnostic wager in this form isn't specifically an argument for atheism it's no more than a post facto justification of non-belief, particularly if threatened with fire, brimstone and eternal damnation by an evangelist. Pascal's wager about god blaise pascal (1623-1662) offers a pragmatic reason for believing in god : even under the assumption that god’s existence is unlikely, the potential benefits of believing are so vast as to make betting on theism rational. The topic of pascal’s wager has been mentioned several times before on overcoming bias, most notably in eliezer’s post on pascal’s mugging i’m interested in discussing the question with specific reference to its original context: religion.
In this wireless philosophy video, susanna rinard (harvard university) explains pascal's wager, blaise pascal's famous argument for belief in god. Pascal’s wager is an attempt to justify belief in god not with an appeal to evidence for his existence but rather with an appeal to self-interest it is in our interests to believe in the god of christianity, the argument suggests, and it is therefore rational for us to do so. Pascal's wager is the french philosopher blaise pascal's application of decision theory to the belief in god it is also occasionally known as pascal's gambit it appears in the pensées , a posthumous collection of pascal's notes for an unfinished treatise on christian apologetics.
See hájek 2012 for further reformulations of pascal’s wager that appear to be valid moreover, one of them capture’s pascal’s idea of salvation being the best thing possible, with the utility of salvation being ∞, while the utility of damnation is −∞ (the way that some authors understand the wager in the first place. Pascal's wager is an argument in philosophy presented by the seventeenth-century french philosopher, mathematician and physicist blaise pascal (1623–62) it posits that humans bet with their lives that god either exists or does not. Pascal’s wager 343 [6–233] inﬁnity nothingness our soul has been cast into the body, where it ﬁnds number, time and dimension it reasons thereupon,and calls it nature, necessity, and can believe. Pascal’s wager by jared dillian april 23, 2015 do you believe in god whoa, wait a minute, this is an investment newsletter, right stay with me. Understanding pascal’s wager every now and then, especially after i’ve given a presentation on the existence of god, i’ll encounter someone who tells me that they’re struggling to believe that god exists.
In honour of his scientific contributions, the name pascal has been given to the si unit of pressure, to a programming language, and pascal's law (an important principle of hydrostatics), and as mentioned above, pascal's triangle and pascal's wager still bear his name. Pascal’s wager, despite its dubious conclusions, is still a workable scaffolding for dealing with risk-reward scenarios that deal in the unknowable and the inexplicable the unknown is whether. Pascal's wager (which is a reasoning method whereby it seems to pay to believe wholeheartedly in god) has always vexed me as a religious argument, so it was intriguing to read about the man behind teh argument. Pascal's wager was devised by 17th century french philosopher, mathematician and physicist blaise pascal (1623-1662) it posits that humans all bet with their lives either that god exists or not. Pascal’s wager argues that belief makes more sense than disbelief when the worst outcome is a total loss if so, supporting renewable energy makes sense even without knowing the true impact of greenhouse gas emissions on sea levels.
Pascal's wager was beautifully written i love the story, the transformation, the relationships, and the wonderful description of one woman wrestling with and learning to love god i would highly recommend to anyone. Blaise pascal's 'wager' for belief in a god you can dismiss the support request pop up for 4 weeks (28 days) if you want to be reminded again or you can dismiss until our next donations drive (typically at the beginning of october. Pascal's wager: pragmatic arguments and belief in god and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free kindle app.
Pascal’s wager in the way he viewed everything — even the existence of god — pascal had a probabilistic perspective to him, the question of divinity was really one of decision theory and expected value. Pascal's wager is an argument for why you should believe in god. Pascal's wager in the academic library looks like this: in the early 2000s, a library decided to cancel the new york times (nyt) in microfilm because it was available full-image online in an aggregated database.