Pascal, French philosopher, scientist, mathematician and probability theorist (1623-1662) argues that if we don't know whether God exists then we should play it safe rather than risk being sorry. The argument comes in three versions (Hacking 1972), all of them employing decision theory. The idea is that Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Moslems, and devil-worshippers can all legitimately use decision theory to conclude that it's best to believe in some supreme being.
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