Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

French philosopher and mathematician. Pascal usefully invented a mechanical calculator, but remains most (in)famous for "Pascal's wager," according to which the "cost" of believing incorrectly in God is less than the cost of not believing, and being sent to hell, should God exist. Unfortunately, the wager is based on the unwarranted  presumption of a binary choice between no God and a vengeful, Christian God.

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