Re: Responses to "Hello, can anyone help?"

From: rhinoceros (
Date: Tue 18 Feb 2003 - 13:31:14 GMT

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    > His response to my question to him if he could prove the existence of
    > hell?
    > I don't remember his exact words, but the gist of it was "Better safe
    > than sorry!" LOL

    Heh... That is and old one. It is called "Pascal's wager". I am copy/pasting from Wikipedia:

    "Pascal's wager is Blaise Pascal's famous argument that belief in God is justified as a "good bet", regardless of any metaphysical uncertainty, because disbelief has great cost if wrong, while belief if wrong costs nothing."

    Some refutations:

    > Funny thing, he's probably got one of the highest IQs of anyone I've
    > ever known.

    According to Michael Shermer: 00

    "Smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for nonsmart reasons."

    > No use at all.. and I'd rather not read ANY bible for nothing.

    The Bible could be an excelent case study of a sucessful memeplex. It could give you some intution in how people think. Well... if you don't have anything more interesting to read, that is.

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