## Proof of God: Godel’s Theorem

Godel’s theorem basically states that in any sufficiently complex mathematical system, there will be unsolvable problems. While on the one hand, it may seem to be an arcane math tidbit, on the other…it has enormous real world ramifications. One being that science will never be able to explain everything. The other being that a person can never ultimately wholly and truly know themselves. While philosophers have come to the same conclusions, it’s reassuring that there is a firm solid logical basis for their belief. People who think that there is a rational explanation for everything are provably demonstrably utterly wrong. Using the most utterly rational method: mathematics. If Godel’s Theorem is not proof of the divine, I don’t know what is.

I’m curious to know how you feel about this four years on. I don’t see how this is proof of a god, rather proof that we simply haven’t evolved to the point where we can comprehend what is currently incomprehensible. Teilhard was pretty far off the mark, but I suspect he was on to something with his belief in the upwardly mobile path of the human mind. Maybe I’m wrong, but to say that Gödel’s theorem is proof-positive of any god (let alone the one with a capital G) rings a little to close to intelligent design-speak to me.

:-)

Geoffrey RoseJuly 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm