David Berlinski Book Talk: "The Devil's Design" 4/18, 7:30 pm, Benaroya Hall's Recital Hall
- Mathematician/philosopher David Berlinski will give
a talk on his new book "The Devil's Design," next
Tuesday April 15 for the Discovery Institute
(where he is a fellow) at Benaroya Hall's
adjacent smaller Recital Hall.
The event will be free but reservations are advised.
My comments follow the announcement.
Militant atheism is on the rise. Richard Dawkins,
Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens
have dominated best seller lists with books
denigrating religious belief as dangerous
foolishness. And these authors are merely the
leading edge of a far larger movement - one that
now includes much of the scientific community.
"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."
A secular Jew and agnostic, Berlinski nonetheless
delivers a biting defense of religious thought.
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.
Join us for the book release party at 7:30 p.m.
on Tuesday, April 15, in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom
Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.
The doors will open at 7:00 p.m.
For information about parking at Benaroya Hall and
for directions, please visit
Click here to RSVP by April 11 or call (202) 292-0401
x. 111 and be entered to win a free signed copy of
The Devil's Delusion. (Must be present to win.)
For more information, please contact Mollie Tschida
at (206) 292-0401 ext. 111 or email at
Time: 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
When: Tuesday, April 15
Where: Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at
Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington
My personal comments:
David Berlinski describes himself as an "Secular Jew"
and presumed agnostic. He is probably a theist,
but certainly not a creationist, although he
belies this feigned skepticism from examining
his writings. They are full of biting satire
about Darwinism and wit starting from "Black
Mischief", a book I discovered via a math journal
review and avidly read in 1986. It had a rave
review from Phillip Davis in the Math Review of
the Society for Industrial ans Applied
Mathematics (SIAM), of which I am a long-term
member. Even for them to review a non-math book
was unprecedented, although the general media
In the last few years, David Berlinksi has provoked
a fire-storm of opposition from his series of
Anti-Darwinian essays in the Jewish "Commentary
Magazine." Apparently those supposedly
Genesis-believing Jew thought it was scandalous
for him to dare to question orthodox Darwinism,
which supposedly only a few crackpots, non-scientists
and pastors disputed.
Berlinksi has written many fine layman math works on
the Calculus and Algorithm, which had rave reviews and
are his main income. I have long recommended these.
You can find his biography and get online copies of
most of his brilliant essays at
I recommend Berlinksi very highly, but I am
likely biased as I am a fellow mathematician.
I plan to be there. Invite your "skeptical"
to hear him take a skeptical view of Darwinism.
Jewish agnostic take a skeptical view of Darwinism.
The other Jewish scientist in his camp is Lee
Spetner, author of "Not By Chance," and also
denies Creationism. Spetner lives in Israel so we
are not likely to hear from him soon.
There are few other scientists who will tread that
dangerous path. It can lead to loss of your job
and career as seen in examples given in the timely
new film Expelled by Ben Stein, opening April 18.
President, Creation Assoc. of Puget Sound.
John N. Johnson