Episode 31- Pascal’s Wager


On this episode of the podcast, we begin our discussion of Blaise Pascal by examining Pascal’s Wager. We begin by hearkening back to last week’s episode and imagine Pascal as Descartes’ wingman in a door-to-door campaign to convince us to believe in God. Whereas Descartes tries to prove that God exists, Pascal simply argues that believing in God is the most logical choice (assuming you want to avoid eternal damnation). We then examine various arguments for and against Pascal’s wager, including some submitted by our Twitter followers. 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/


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