Re: Truth at all costs (was RE: virus: from the Skeptic's newsletter...)

Eric Boyd (
Sun, 7 Feb 1999 16:57:41 -0500


Deron Stewart <>:


A thought related to the "skeptic's conundrum"...

What if the truth is ugly?

Speaking from experience, many truths are ugly. Being more versed in mathematics than most, I have often gotten quite a laugh when theists claim that the structure of the universe is beautiful, or shows *intelligent* design. I can think of many obvious counter examples -- not the least of which is the "transendental" constant Pi. What kind of a god would make such an important number fail to have a finite analytic expression? What kind of a god would make it *impossible* to come up with a closed form general solution to a fifth order polynomial? (not to mention how ugly the third and forth order solutions are?) And, of course, there are the ever present uglies of PDE's.

But enough ranting... boy would I have done it different if I'd been god!