David and Tamler break down what may be the best argument that it’s rational to believe in God: Pascal’s Wager. (No, we’re not just trolling our Sam Harris listeners.) Does the expected value of believing in God outweigh the probability that you’re wrong? How does belief work–can you just turn it on and off? What if you believe in the wrong God? This leads to a wide-ranging discussion on decision theory, instrumental rationality, artificial intelligence, transformative experiences, and whether David should drop acid. Your brain AND your future self will love this episode!
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- “Transformative Experience: by L. A. Paul [amazon.com affiliate link]