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Re: Re: [humanism-174] Pascal's Wager

From: user 7.
Sent on: Friday, September 25, 2009 9:07 AM
Assume it consumes (wastes) at a minimum 100 hours of a person's life to properly believe in God.  Assume there is a tiny (1 out of 100,000 chance that a God exists--and that he would have to be one that would punish someone for not believing in him).  In effect, that 10 million hours of wager--or over 11,410 years of life just in case there is such a good outcome for wasting the 100 hours.
 
Another way to argue it is to say someone should blow all his earnings on lottery tickets or life insurance.
 
The argument is a total fallacy that can be used to argue any expenditure for "risk reduction" but ignores the costs.
 
Brian

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