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28. God / C. Proofs of Reason / 4. Pascal's Wager

[belief in God because it is a sensible precaution]

6 ideas
If you win the wager on God's existence you win everything, if you lose you lose nothing [Pascal]
Pascal knows you can't force belief, but you can make it much more probable [Hacking on Pascal]
The libertine would lose a life of enjoyable sin if he chose the cloisters [Hacking on Pascal]
Pascal is right, but relies on the unsupported claim of a half as the chance of God's existence [Hacking on Pascal]
If death is annihilation, belief in heaven is a cheap pleasure with no disappointment [Peirce]
Pascal says secular life is acceptable, but more fun with the hypothesis of God [Baudrillard]