Csillag has an interesting article on the combination of mathematics and mysticism, in which he seems motivated by a fear that deep impulses and beliefs channeled into the metaphysical doctrines and practices of religion, or at least left unexamined by the believer…are dangerous, especially if the believer happens to be a great mathematician.
Here’s the final line of the piece:
“Or as Paulos might say, no mathematician has ever deliberately flown planes into buildings”
But some mathematicians have discovered equations that were eventually applied to the creation of the atomic bomb. Is mathematics a set of pure ideas unrelated to the moral consequences that flow from them?
I’m not convinced Csillag’s argument has to do particularly with religion, nor Islam, rather than (as a piece of journalism) with the construction of an edifice of atheism, or maybe an attack on that edifice.
Does it all lead back free will?