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Is Blaise Pascal's approach to "curing unbelief" in the proposition that God exists philosophically sound?

Hence it comes that, if there are as many risks on one side as on the other, the course is to play even; and then the certainty of the stake is equal to the uncertainty of the gain, so far is it from ...
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Are algorithms on the internet going to 'completely' remove any sort of common ground to discuss and share 'objective' knowledge in the future?

I always try to self-analyze whenever I am doing deep research on the internet, and it seems to me that Google usually gives me topics that seem to be in direct views as of my own. I understand that I ...
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Is there a detailed doxastic logic with a doubt operator?

I was "experimenting" with a doxastic logic with a doubt operator D besides the belief operator B, trying to come up with intuitive equivalences of interleavings (e.g. DBA = BDA, perhaps), ...
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Is constantly questioning yourself a virtue or a drawback?

In modern society, skepticism in things is taken to be a virtue. Presumably, this is equated with being open minded and having an easier willingness to change your mind in the wake of new evidence. On ...
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At what point should naturalism be doubted?

Suppose you believe in naturalism. Now, there are things that happen in the world explainable by natural laws. One can also conceive of events happening that are not explainable by current natural ...
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How certain should you be of not dreaming when you’re awake? [closed]

Presumably, you’re reading this while you’re awake. How certain are you that you’re awake? And how much of a sliver of doubt should you have that you’re possibly dreaming? If we think in terms of ...
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How can god exist outside of time if exist is a connotation of time`

Some guy would probably tell me that [] your small human mind can't comprehend it, but it can comprehend some things; it knows 1 + 1 has to be two, so its not like it knows nothing. For example, some ...
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Is persistent uncertainty irrational?

Doubt, uncertainty, and questioning things are considered hallmarks in philosophy. Not being certain in a belief is considered a virtue due to how often we are mistaken. But philosophy is also ...
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Is doubt a cognitive state of belief, an emotional state, or both?

Is it possible to internally find no reason to doubt something yet still feel doubt? Is it possible to find plenty of reason to doubt something yet not feel any doubt? Bertrand Russell suggested that ...
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Can it be rational to think you can't be wrong about something?

Descartes famously argued that we can technically be wrong about anything. We can even doubt that the world isn't actually real in some sense and is just a simulation. But why does doubt imply the ...
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Is it better to feel or be certain even in things we can't really know?

It is considered rational to think that the sun will rise tomorrow even though we can't for sure know this. We assign this to be a high probability, but in reality, even a high probability would be ...
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