*Mind of the Maker*spotlights mathematics as evidence for design in nature

*Mind of the Maker* spotlights mathematics as evidence for design in nature

August 5, 2018 | Posted by News under Books of interest, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

A recent book, *Science and the Mind of the Maker:* What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God , by Melissa Cain Travis might be of interest. According to one of the Amazon reviews,

One of the areas in the book that is unique and very interesting is the discussion about mathematics. The author states that, “Several eminent thinkers have convincingly argued that we discover, rather than invent, the realities of mathematics.” She cites numerous references from several scientists supporting this thesis, including Max Planck, Sir Arthur Eddington, Eugene Wigner and Roger Penrose. For example, physicist Wigner (an agnostic) wrote, “The enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious. There is no rational explanation for it.” Many of the scientists that recognized this mystery were agnostics or atheists. The book also asserts that, “Objective mathematical truth poses a problem for a strict materialist philosophy, which denies that there is any reality independent of matter and energy.” The problem for materialism is not just that there are mathematical truths, but also the fact that we have the capacity to understand them. The conclusion is that, “Materialism is woefully inadequate for explaining the connections that exist between mathematics, the material world, and the human mind.”

Melissa worked as a bench scientist in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and has spent more than a decade exploring the science, theology, and philosophy related to the origins debate.

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*Hat tip:* Philip Cunningham

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Mathematics itself exists in some type of transcendent, beyond space and time, realm which is not reducible any possible material explanation. This transcendent mathematical realm has been referred to as a Platonic mathematical world.

Both Einstein and Wigner are on record as to regarding it as a miracle that we can reliably describe the universe with mathematics:

David Berlinski provocatively put the situation like this. “There is no argument against religion that is not also an argument against mathematics. Mathematicians are capable of grasping a world of objects that lies beyond space and time….” and,, “these are precisely the claims that theologians have always made as well – that human beings are capable by an exercise of their devotional abilities to come to some understanding of the deity; and the deity, although beyond space and time, is capable of interacting with material objects”

Moreover, with Gödel’s incompleteness theorem, we now know that mathematics cannot play the role of God as infinite and autonomous but that mathematics is itself ultimately dependent upon God for its truthfulness.

As to Berlinski’s claim that “Mathematicians are capable of grasping a world of objects that lies beyond space and time….”,, in regards to that claim it is interesting to note that in our best mathematical description of the universe, i.e. quantum mechanics, we find that,,, “We must explain space and time as somehow emerging from fundamentally spaceless and timeless physics.”

Even more suggestive, and as would be a-priorily expected under Christian presuppositions, we find that our best mathematical descriptions of the universe are all based on ‘higher dimensional’ mathematics. The first part of this following video goes over that particular line of ‘higher dimensional’ mathematical evidence:

Of supplemental note: Darwinian evolution is based on a naturalistic and/or materialistic method of science, called methodological naturalism, which holds that all possible scientific explanations for reality in general, and for biology in particular, are exhausted by purely natural and/or material explanations.

Yet, completely contrary to that presupposition of Darwinian thought, and as was mentioned previously, Mathematics itself exists in a transcendent, beyond space and time, realm which is not reducible any possible material explanation.

The predicament that Darwinists find themselves in in regards to denying the reality of this transcendent, immaterial, world of mathematics, and yet needing validation from this transcendent, immaterial, world of mathematics in order to be considered scientific in the first place, should be the very definition of a self-refuting worldview.

Thus in conclusion, besides Darwinian evolution already being shown to be mathematically impossible, (by Sanford, Dembski, Marks, Axe, Behe, Durston, etc.. etc..), Darwinian evolution is further falsified by mathematics as being a scientific theory since the materialistic presuppositions that undergird Darwinism thought deny the very reality of one the thing it most needs, i.e. mathematics, in order to be considered scientific in the first place.