We overlooked this last week, but upon reflection, it could be one of the most revealing posts the Discoveroids have made all year. It’s titled Mathematics as a Frontier for Intelligent Design, and it’s by David Klinghoffer.
What we would like you to think about as we discuss his post is the insistent claim by the Discoveroids that their endless ravings about an undetectable designer — blessed be he! — are based on solid science. As we shall see in what follows, a bit of that scientific facade is ripped away here.
Klinghoffer begins by mentioning “Berkeley mathematician Edward Frenkel and his argument that mathematics points to an objective reality behind and outside nature.” We don’t know if Frenkel ever said or wrote anything remotely like Klinghoffer’s interpretation. Wikipedia has an article about him: Edward Frenkel. He seems normal — albeit a mathematician.
It seems that Frenkel has written something that Klinghoffer heard about (but hasn’t read), and that’s the subject of his Discoveroid post. He starts out by saying that David Berlinski made the same point as Frenkel in his own book. You know who David Berlinski is. He’s a Discoveroid “fellow,” and that’s impressive. Klinghoffer quotes from his earlier review of Berlinski’s book, where he said that Berlinski:
returns again and again to the allusiveness of numbers and the operations we perform on them. They allude, they point to, they gesture to something beyond themselves. Just what that might be, of course — of course, if you know anything about David Berlinski — Berlinski won’t say.
With that cryptic beginning, here are some excerpts from the rest of Klinghoffer’s post. The bold font was added by us for emphasis. Referring to the title of his Discoveroid post, Klinghoffer says
I was going to say the “frontier” of math is virgin or unexplored territory for ID, but of course these two great math minds have already pointed the way.
These “two great math minds” — Frenkel and Berlinski? Frenkel, quite likely. He’s a Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D. from Harvard. As far as we can tell, Berlinski has no degree in math. Your Curmudgeon can’t judge either one of them, but Berlinski is a Discoveroid, and that’s quite a clue. Anyway, Klinghoffer then tells us:
Our world is one is one of concealment. Whereas in our everyday experience, ultimate reality is veiled by subjectivity — Plato’s cave, basically — elementary math, not unlike the other sciences, suggests in Berlinski’s words “as nothing else can the glory that is beyond.”
Aaaargh!! Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is pure, raw Oogity Boogity! It’s the first thing mystics point to when they want to explain that you — you blind, materialist Darwinist — are misled by the mere appearances of this world, while your philosophical betters know the hidden reality that lies beyond. Oh yeah, and the Discoveroids are all about science, right?
Here’s the end of Klinghoffer’s post:
Scientism is the project of attempting to convince people that nothing is really veiled from us. What you see is what you get: blunt, dead matter, that’s it.
So there you are. Wake up, you pathetic fool! The world you see is mere illusion. Only the mystics — like the Discoveroids — know The Truth™ that lies beyond. Yes … yes! The intelligent designer may be hidden from you, but Klinghoffer and the Discoveroids know more than you could ever hope to know. Follow them!
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