Video: Michael Shermer scrutinizes the idea of ‘hidden’ messages in the Torah.
It’s just numerology, says Shermer, and serves as a supreme example of pattern-seeking (and finding) behavior of which we humans are so skilled.
While pattern recognition helps us pick out predators hidden in the foliage, sometimes wishful thinking makes us see things that aren’t really there. So-called ‘hidden messages’ in the Torah, says the publisher of Pasadena-based ‘Skeptic’ magazine, are neither hidden nor messages.
Advocates of traditional Jewish numerology—gematria—don’t care what Shermer thinks.
Here’s Shermer’s argument: