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Episode 4: Pascal’s Wager

14 Jul

We start introducing logical fallacies by discussing the no true Scotsman fallacy.

This episode wastes most of your time with a discussion about Pascal’s Wager: a dubious bet for 350 years. Feast your eyes on the colorful diagram below!

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Pascal’s Wager diagram. Which box do you fit in?

  1. God does not exist, and you believe in Him: you are mistaken and experience finite gain or loss, depending on how your belief affects your life.
  2. God does not exist, and you do not believe in Him: congratulations for not believing in nonexistent things! Join Gabe and Erik in the orange box, where you will experience finite gain (since we’re not too bad).
  3. God exists, and you believe in Him: you’re right! Plan on heading up to heaven and getting passed the bouncer at the gates (whose name is Peter, by the way). Infinite gain!
  4. God exists, and you do not believe in Him: Oops. You didn’t believe the right things and God is pissed. Infinite loss for you.

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Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Fallacies, New Episode, Philosophy

 

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