Michael holds a BA in Biology with a minor in Philosophy. He likes to spend his free time hiking and defending science, though not usually at the same time. Contrary to popular (but not scientific) belief, the positive and appropriate perception of science is undermined by religion, alternative medicine, the U.S. education system, and most science journalists.
Yes, it’s always amazed me that it’s supposedly such a knock-down argument when it’s no different in principle to buyIng a lottery ticket because of the massive benefit if you win, versus the negligible outlay if you lose – only in this case we have no idea if the prize money actually exists.
And would the Big Guy Upstairs who evidently created me so as not to believe in him, then be pleased if I bowed down and worshipped him (thus going against his design) just because of Pascal’s “Oh we’ll, what would it hurt?” sophistry?