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Brian Edward Hicks

Brian Edward Hicks is a 70-year-old retiree who has been a nonbeliever pretty much since his freshman year in college. He was president of his church league in high school, and thought of himself as a devout Christian until an encounter with representatives of the Campus Crusade for Christ as a freshman. Their "bizarre" responses to challenges presented by fellow students prompted him to question his Christian upbringing. He obtained an undergraduate degree in philosophy. After starting his college years in electrical engineering, he switched majors during his junior year. He retired after 34 years in the telecommunications industry, the last twenty of which were in executive management of sales, customer service, technical/engineering support, and general operations.

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An Earthly Version of Pascal’s Wager

Blaise Pascal is famous for, among other things, devising an argument for belief in God's existence even in the absence of good reasons to believe in God. He proposed that a rational person would reason that if God does not exist, then either believing or not believing that He does exist would cost nothing. But a rational person would also reason that if God does in fact exist, then failing to believe that He does would cost personal salvation. Does Pascal's wager really work? Would a rational person place greater value on a questionable promise of benefit than on intellectual rigor? How rational would a parallel belief in "Philo's benefactor" be, and what does the answer to that question tell us about the reasonableness of forming beliefs on the basis of Pascal's wager?