Saturday, May 07, 2011

Augustine:  Mathematicians vs. Wisdom

"I wouldn't dream of saying that wisdom is derived from number or is contained in number.  I don't know how that could be, for I have certainly known my share of mathematicians (or whatever you call those who are highly skilled at computation), but I have known very few who are wise - perhaps none at all - and wisdom strikes me as being far nobler than number." - On Free Choice of the Will, Book II

Sigh.  My current position is entitled "computational engineer".  Guess that says it all.


Rummuser said...

I am in elite company.

Delirious said...

I'm reminded of this Book of Mormon scripture:

O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.

But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God. (2 Nephi 9:28,29)