Josh Wolfe @wolfejosh VC, entrepreneur, fund manager @Lux_Capital; Chair @CiPrep Coney Island Prep; Trustee @SfiScience Santa Fe Inst; CoFounder of Carson, Quinn & Bodhi w/ @ltwolfe May. 11, 2019 1 min read

1/ Pascal's Wager redux
nothing FREE about religious belief. to abdicate one's capacity for reason, to relinquish rationality, pursuit of truth, comfort with curiosity––and to submit nay enslave one's free mind to doctrine and dogma is inarguably the MOST costly thing one can do

2/ Make no mistake there are many RATIONAL arguments for holding IRRATIONAL beliefs
-tribal inclusion + social dividends of signaling loyalty
-avoidance of suffering from social ostracization
-respecting sacrifices of elders; paying homage to ancestors
-sharing bonding traditions

3/ It may be comforting esp. when scared or uncertain to be led, guided, told what to do, surrender to higher power/authority. We do that with Drs
But to have faith absent evidence is definitionally to surrender the mind

A free, unshackled mind lies not in WHAT but HOW it thinks


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