In an interview, David Berlinski quoted Godel's view on materialism:

It [materialism] succeeds to the extent that the materialists assign material objects all the properties that used to be assigned to non-material objects.

My Google search came up empty as to the source. It is possible that Berlinski reworded what Godel said. Can anybody confirm this quote with a source?

[The relevant section starts at 3:20.]

  • Maybe you have to search into Hao Wang's works regarding discussions with Godel. Sep 5, 2019 at 9:03
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    Although Godel's dim view of materialism is well-known, nothing like this appears in the usual quote repositories. Berlinski likely confused Godel with someone else, that materialism endows matter with divine attributes was a common complaint of idealists since Marx, at least. If Godel did utter something like that, he was merely repeating it.
    – Conifold
    Sep 5, 2019 at 23:50


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