Dr. David Berlinski (an agnostic of Jewish heritage) on Darwin’s theory, from the soon to be released movie, Expelled:
“One of my prevailing doctrines about Darwinian theory is, ‘Man, that thing is just a mess.’ It’s like looking into a room full of smoke… Nothing in the theory is precisely, clearly, carefully defined and delineated. It lacks all of the rigor one expects from mathematical physics. And mathematical physics lacks all the rigor one expects from mathematics. So we’re talking about a gradual descent down the level of intelligibility until we reach evolutionary biology.”
Berlinski has a new book coming out in April, entitled The Devil’s Delusion, in which he criticizes the current anti-religion rhetoric which has been called “The New Atheism.” From the publisher’s blurb:
“The attack on traditional religious thought,” writes David Berlinski in The Devil’s Delusion, “marks the consolidation in our time of science as the single system of belief in which rational men and women might place their faith, and if not their faith, then certainly their devotion.”
Berlinski’s an interesting guy (at least when he’s not just thinking about mathematics), and I’m interested in what he has to say. I’m sure he’ll be both lauded and lambasted, and I can guess by whom. But, I’m sure it’ll all be interesting.