On David Hume and Miracles


“He says if something appears to have happened that is not consistent with the laws of nature (the laws of nature have been suspended), there are two contingencies: either that the laws of nature have been suspended (in your favour) or that you’re under a misapprehension. Which is the likeliest?

It’s always likeliest that you’re always under a misapprehension. And if you’re hearing about this from someone who claims to have seen it, and you were getting it second hand, the odds that it’s a misapprehension that’s being spread are exponential increased. So if I heard voices telling me to do something and that this was on behalf of a deity, I would check myself in.”

Christopher Hitchens

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