Re: virus: Blue Pill Theorum

Dave Pape (davepape@dial.pipex.com)
Sun, 23 May 1999 13:25:33 +0100

At 05:32 20/05/99 PDT, you wrote:
>Blue Pill Theorem (A Matrix Allusion):
>
>If two equally improbable and mutually exclusive ideas are faced, it is
>better to take the one that brings the most benefit/the least pain.
>
>If thereís no God, I havenít lost anything. Iíve gained
>a peace-of-mind, and security concerning the afterlife. And if Iím wrong,
>when I die, Iíll meet some all-forgiving entity thatís open-minded and
>RATIONAL? Either way, Iím in good shape.

What about if there's a god, but a fundamentalist islamic god, who sends all christians to hell? That's another possibility, in which case you're in pretty BAD shape. The (non)-argument you just used is invalid, because the two outcomes you stated aren't the only two possible outcomes- they totally ignore all non-xtian belief systems, for a start. For more info,

http://www.eskimo.com/~cwj2/atheism/pascal.html

is a good bet, so to speak.

DP