The Nature of Nature

At the foundation of the totalitarian enterprise is the belief that everything is possible—that is, the conviction that there are no limits to what human beings can do here on earth.  We can remake both the world and ourselves.  We can trace this vision of hyper-autonomy back to the founders of the modern scientific project, Bacon and Descartes, who first suggested human beings could attain the exalted position of masters and possessors of nature.  We all live amids…

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