Religion and the case of Godel /2009/02/06/religion-and-the-case-of-godel/

Religion and the case of Godel

James said,
“But, in any case, by eliminating the crucial issues of human self-consciousness from the portrait of man, Darwinian reductionist evolutionism has alienated an immense number of people, and, fundamentalists apart, rightly so.”

One has to wonder at their misguided attempts to get rid of some abstraction called “religion” in the name of technocratic redutionism. Even if they got rid of it one form it would simply manifest itself in some other way. Godel’s (disregard the fact that he was a lunatic) intuitions hint at this tendency. Are they going to go after the mathematicians after they get rid of the conventional religions?

“Gödel spent the second half of his life absorbed by philosophy. Despite his experiences in Europe, he believed that “the world is rational.” He was an optimist and a theist; and although he thought that “religions are for the most part bad,” he insisted that “religion [itself] is not.” A deity was at the center of his metaphysics. He entertained speculations about the afterlife, arguing that “the world in which we live is not the only one in which we shall live or have lived.” He dismissed the Darwinian theory of evolution and declared flatly that “materialism was false.” He was a mathematical Platonist, arguing with boldness that the human intellect is capable of perceiving pure mathematical abstractions, just as the human senses are capable of grasping material objects. ”

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