I had a strange thought today.
I thought how ironic that Gnosticism lost out to Christianity as a faith and still succeeded in poisoning the well of science and cosmology for two thousand years. With humans, the merits of an idea do not detract from its merits. If men could think, ideas would succeed or fail based on their merits in explaining the world around them. Ideas succeed amongst humans because they appeal to some facet of their vanity and their reason is in train to these instincts, not the other way around.
The left castigates the Christian Church for selling real estate in an imaginary world but their spiritual elders in Gnosticism thrust the entire universe into abstraction and called this reality. The idea that the real world is an imperfect representation of their "real world" which is described by mathematics has so corrupted the basic premises of the West that we would have to detonate the foundations to fix it.
God is not the author of confusion. Christianity was always too simple and lucid to inspire much affectation in its adherents, thus less attractive to them as a proposition than the moral indignation of pretending for their entire lives to be disappointed in the real world because it pales beside their constructed one. Behind most indignation we will find poor biology ... and the truth is, the left and their "noble savages" from some fallen Edenic state are mostly a ruse to conceal their own deep feelings of worthlessness.
Such a great and grandiose school of thought but it leverages the essential mediocrity of the people most likely to be its advocates. It is correct to say that the desire for "perfect forms" is often founded in a disappointment at oneself, not the world around us. The left has this conviction the world is broken and they are charged to fix it. They add greatly to its miseries when they make that effort because in fact it is not the real world that is broken.