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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pascal's wager

Pascal famously confessed: "the eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me." 

No wonder he was frightened!

By contrast Henry Thoreau said, when asked if he wasn't lonely out there by his lake in Walden woods: "Why should I feel lonely? is not our planet in the Milky Way?" Unlike his French predecessor, our transcendentalist was at home in the universe (and New England).

And then there's Calvin's take. Risk analysis is cynically enterprising:

It's really hard to stop looking at these.


  1. Lol can't hate Calvin and Hobbes! That second one is my favorite.

    Was Pascal pessimistic or optimistic about human nature?
    What's the difference between psychology and philosophy of the mind?
    Do you agree with any of Pascal's beliefs?
    Do you think that functionalism is a good solution to the mind/body problem?

  2. http://i.imgur.com/8OchvM7.jpg