The original skeptic was a guy named Pyrrho. Pyrrho lived in southern Greece between 360-270 BC. He would become the inspiration for an early Greek school of Philosophy known as Pyrrhonism.
Now Pyrrho was a rather odd chap who followed an extreme form of skepticism in which he believed that no outcome was ever truly certain. By thinking in this way Pyrrho could discount the whole concept of ‘fate’. Essentially that meant that he lived his life unconcerned by the consequences of his actions or things that went on around him. He could do this because if no situation has a predetermined outcome then there would be no point in attempting to do anything to effect it.
This way of thinking gave Pyrrho an almost childlike quality which could be either endearing or dangerous depending on which point of view you took. Friends of Pyrrho considered his beliefs to be the latter. Frequently they would take to following him around so as keep him from harm. Pyrrho would often, for example, walk in front of a chariot in the belief that it was not certain that he would be run over. On occasion they prevented him from falling off a cliff edge for the same reason. Clearly the laws of probability had not been discovered during Pyrrho’s time.
Pyrrho’s beliefs whilst being difficult for most people to understand did earn him the respect of his peers. Pyrrho was free from the ordinary feelings of fear or joy or happiness that most people experienced. Because of this he remained incredibly calm in the face of danger. It was said, that whilst standing on a ship during a particularly severe storm, he ignored the panic and fear amongst other passengers, believing as he did that the chances of the ship not sinking were as great as those of its succumbing to the storm.
What Would Have Been Pyrrho’s Chances of Winning the Lottery?
If anybody should ever tell you that your chances of winning the lottery are not very good, you should always argue to the contrary. This is because, as Pyrrho established, if the outcome of an event cannot be fully determined then the reverse possibility is equally likely.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The joke, if you haven’t already got it, is that Pyrrho lives his life in the knowledge that the outcome of any event is never a certainty. However, as Pyrrho himself has won the lottery, then the outcome of that event at least, is a certainty. This ultimately disproves everything that he believes. That of course makes him sad.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you would like to learn more about Pyrrho or the Skeptic movement or epistemology (you may need to Google that) then you can purchase books about this great Greek scholar from amazon. You may also care to discuss other aspects of ancient or modern philosophy in the UK Lotto Club forums at http://uklottoclub.co.uk/forums/ where there is a section dedicated to the subject.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]