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Pascal’s Each Way Accumulator

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on September 10, 2005

Believe In Everything.

After all, someone might be right…

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  1. andrewducker said,

    What if believing in X sends you to Hell according to Y?

  2. sbisson said,

    Good question.

    Let’s just hope that A, B, C and D that you’ve pleased with some of your new belieifs are more powerful than Y!

    And anyway, the flying spaghetti monster and the invisible pink unicorn will win…

    Arr!

  3. whumpdotcom said,

    Okay, suppose an infinite number of gods and no god.

    But how do you compare ex-post payoffs?

    Heaven is some large positive utility.
    Hell is some large negative utility.
    No afterlife is 0 (you aren’t experiencing it.)

    Simplify by assuming all possible gods are jealous and will throw you into their hell if they are the ‘true’ state of the world. Assume all gods and no-god are equally likely.

    No-god state is just noise.

    Pick the god with which you’re most comfortable, then roll the dice.

  4. andrewducker said,

    Let’s hope the Spag Monster and the unicorn team up – they’ll be unstoppable!

  5. lpetrazickis said,

    I would, but believing in more than 13 mutually-contradictory things at the same time makes my brain explodes!^-^

  6. nerdware said,

    “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

  7. spikeiowa said,

    Ignatz? is that u?


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