I find the scientific world empty of the things I want most, which are purpose and certainty. In terms of purpose, we always say things like "It's better to be good to people than to hurt them," or even "It's better to know the truth than to live with superstition," but if science is the only basis for truth, then those statements are utterly meaningless: they can never be scientifically proven, right? In terms of certainty, science bases everything on logic (which we can't prove works) and the evidence of our senses (which in fact we know lie to us all the time), so nothing in science is ever certain beyond "that's the best we have so far."
So where does all that leave me? Certainly, I don't meditate because I have any certainty that it will lead to ultimate truth of any kind, although I am quite convinced that it has led me to a better understanding of who I am than I had before I started. But I meditate because, if I can't find real truth that way, then it just seems hopeless that I can find it in any way whatsoever.
So, as Kenny sees it, a purely physical universe, knowable only conditionally and devoid of values, is inherently meaningless. Therefore, if you want to have a meaningful life, your best bet is to turn your attention toward the Mind. Mind, for all its baffling nature, is at least directly apprehensible, and therefore offers a certain existential certainty. Of all the things you know, the only thing you know for sure is that you exist, and that you experience. Many spiritual teachers hold out the hope that if one pursues the mind deeply enough, one might eventually arrive at complete certainty about one's own nature and the nature of the universe – that is, enlightenment. Mind also seems to be the only place where a moral reality can be found, since science can only tell us what is, but not what ought to be. Like Pascal's Wager, this isn't a proof that spirituality inquiry is true. Rather, it says spirituality is the last refuge for meaning and certainty to exist, if it exists at all.
I like Felder's Wager, primarily because it's pretty close to where I've place my own existential bets. Like Kenny, what I want most out of life is moral certainty – clarity that I am living my life the best possible way, and doing the right thing. And like Kenny, I don't see any way to achieve that end without arriving at some certainty about my nature and my place in the universe.
Unfortunately, like Pascal's original version, Felder's Wager is dependent on certain premises that are open to attack. More on that tomorrow.