The response to Barry’s recent post, How Did Mathematics Come to be Woven Into the Fabric of Reality? pretty much lays bare the issues: “Why is the universe we live in connected by an unreasonably beautiful, elegant and effective mathematical structure?”
The naturalist says we just evolved to see the world as making sense, but don’t really know. Defending Darwin means that much to him …
At 73, I noted,
Aleta at 81: Sorry, that won’t work. Either man is observing something that underlies the universe and working within those given results or mathematics is an adaptation for survival (it could be completely irrational and is only tangentially related to how the universe works).
The second position saves naturalism (and its creation story, Darwinism) at the price of science. But naturalists are increasingly eager to dump falsifiability and eviden
ce-based thinking. Many are cool with criminalizing dissent.
Science will pick up where it left off, with a hiatus of naturalism somewhere in between.
See also: Tyson bombshell: Universe likely just computer sim
But who needs reality-based thinking anyway? Not the new cosmologists
In search of a road to reality
Note: When respectable naturalists sneer at ID, they often use emblems like Blake’s designer god Urizen (above), with the mathematical compasses. Maybe they are trying to tell us more than we realize. They sneer at an emblem of mathematics because it grounds perceptions in evidence. If they are theistic naturalists, their God is so great that he doesn’t need evidence or even to make sense, or in the end, even to exist. We wouldn’t really know if he did or not. That works well wth a lot of new religious movements.