What is Pascal's decision theory? - Deepstash
What is Pascal's decision theory?

What is Pascal's decision theory?

Pascal — French philosopher, scientist, mathematician and probability theorist (1623-1662) — argues that if we do not 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. "If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing"

Pascal provides several answers in his posthumous work Pensées (Thoughts), published in 1671. The work tackles a number of subjects, including entertainment, and questions the relationship between happiness and time.

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From the most superficial social activities to the most serious, Pascal observes that people get restless. Human beings seem to want to be entertained at all costs. But what could we be trying to forget? Why are we so afraid of boredom? These are the questions Pascal seeks to answer.

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