Saturday, April 21, 2007

[Sam Harris, philosophy] The Empty Wager

"As many readers will remember, Pascal suggested that religious believers are simply taking the wiser of two bets: if a believer is wrong about God, there is not much harm to him or to anyone else, and if he is right, he wins eternal happiness; if an atheist is wrong, however, he is destined for hell. Put this way, atheism seems the very picture of reckless stupidity.
But there are many questionable assumptions built into this famous wager. One is the notion that people do not pay a terrible price for religious faith."

Newsweek, April 18, 2007

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