On this episode of the podcast we continue our discussion of Blaise Pascal, this time focusing on his assertion that man is “the supreme paradox of creation.” First, we learn about Pascal’s early life and feel completely inadequate when we learn that he invented the calculator (yes, the calculator) at age 18. Next, we learn why Pascal believed it was impossible to arrive at scientific truth, and how this led him to develop the foundations of probability theory. Finally, we discuss “expected value” and how Barack Obama utilized it to secure his residency in the White House and avoid living underneath a freeway overpass. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!
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Additional Stuff For Anyone Interested:
Great article discussing his famous wager: http://www.iep.utm.edu/pasc-wag/
Nice Bio on Pascal: http://www.biography.com/people/blaise-pascal-9434176.
Triangle, Probability Theory and his Calculator: https://answersingenesis.org/creation-scientists/great-creation-scientists-blaise-pascal-1623-1662/