Monday, November 26, 2012

Of the necessity of the wager and Cyber Monday...

A rational game theory for the ages and the ageless
Blaise Pascal, mathematician, tax farmer-collector, philosopher
M . Pascal's wager - The philosophy uses the following logic (excerpts from Pensées, part III, §233):
"God is, or He is not"
A Game is being played... where heads or tails will turn up.
According to reason, you can defend either of the propositions.
You must wager. (It's not optional.)
Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (...) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain...

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