New Book By David Berlinski Tackles New Atheists Efforts To Hijack Science
The so-called new atheists like Richard Dawkins have hijacked science in an attempt to bolster the foundations of their anti-religious views and in so doing are enshrining a new secular religion of scientism.
And now, along comes an agnostic to challenge them.
In a refreshing counterpoint, agnostic science writer David Berlinski, an urbane scholar with a withering wit to delight and entertain, vigorously defends religious thought against a movement of intolerance which now includes much of the scientific elite.
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"If science stands opposed to religion, it is not because of anything contained in either the premises or the conclusions of the great scientific theories," Berlinski writes. "Confident assertions by scientists that... they have demonstrated that God does not exist have nothing to do with science, and even less to do with God's existence."
A secular Jew, Berlinski nonetheless delivers a brisk defense of religion.
An acclaimed author who has spent his career writing about mathematics and the sciences, he turns the scientific community's cherished skepticism back on itself, daring to ask--and answer--some rather embarrassing questions.
According to Harvard University Professor of Government Harvey Mansfield, The Devil's Delusion is a "powerful riposte to atheist mockery and cocksure science, and to the sort of philosophy that surrenders to them."
The Devil's Delusion was one of the last books William F. Buckley Jr. reviewed before his recent death. He called it "everything desirable: it is idiomatic, profound, brilliantly polemical, amusing, and of course vastly learned."
A Discovery Institute Senior Fellow, Dr. Berlinski is currently on a speaking tour through America, featuring talks at universities and other venues in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dallas and Seattle.
David Berlinski received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University and was later a postdoctoral fellow in mathematics and molecular biology at Columbia University. He has authored works on systems analysis, differential topology, theoretical biology, analytic philosophy, and the philosophy of mathematics, as well as three novels. He has also taught philosophy, mathematics and English at such universities as Stanford, Rutgers, the City University of New York and the Universite de Paris. In addition, he has held research fellowships at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) in France.
Recent articles by Dr. Berlinski have been featured in Harper's Magazine, Commentary, Forbes ASAP, and the Boston Review. Two of his articles, "On the Origins of the Mind" (November 2004) and "What Brings a World into Being" (March 2001) have been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing 2005 , edited by Alan Lightman (Harper Perennial), and The Best American Science Writing 2002, edited by Jesse Cohen, respectively.
He is author of numerous books, including A Tour of the Calculus (Pantheon 1996), The Advent of the Algorithm (2000, Harcourt Brace),.Newton's Gift (The Free Press 2000), The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky (Harcourt, October 2003), A Short History of Mathematics for the Modern Library series at Random House (2004), and The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions (Crown Forum, 2008).