so much other technology, as a drug to sedate us further, to save us from
waking. This is our choice, and we shall have to make it quickly.
James Lovelock, "Stand Up For Gaia" (Schumacher Lecture 1988, in Resurgence 29, July-August 1988. Obtainable from Schumacher Book Service, Ford House, Hartland, Bideford, Devon, UK).
I have tried to discuss the fascinating problem of how we can do full justice to the
importance of science without somehow losing other essential aspects of life in Wisdom,
Information and Wonder: What Is Knowledge For? ( London and New York: Routledge, 1989). Other helpful discussions of this can be found in Pluto Republic by Peter B.
Medawar ( Oxford University Press, 1984) and, more recently, in The Element of Fire:
Science, Art and the Human World by Anthony O'Hear ( London and New York: Routledge, 1988.)
I have discussed the nature, meaning, and pathology of these ideas briefly in my
book Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature ( Washington, D.C.: New American
Library Paperback, 1978) Chapters 7 and 8, and more fully in Evolution as a Religion
( London: Methuen Inc., 1985).
John D. Barrow and
Frank R. Tipler, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle
( Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), concluding passage.
See, for example,
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time ( London: Bantam
Press, 1988), pp. 174-75: "If we do discover a complete theory [of the physical laws
governing motion in the universe] it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason for
then we would know the mind of God."
Clark Mary E. Ariadne's Thread: The Search for New Modes of Thinking. New York: St.
Martin's Press, 1989.
Dreyfus Hubert L., and
Stuart E. Dreyfus, with
Tom Athanasiou. Mind over Machine:
The Power of Human Intuition and Expertise in the Era of the Computer. New
York: The Free Press, 1986.
Midgley Mary. Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature. Washington, D.C.: New
American Library Paperback, 1978.
-----. Evolution as a Religion. London: Methuen, 1985.
-----. Heart and Mind: The Varieties of Moral Experience. New York: St. Martin's
-----. Wisdom, Information and Wonder: What Is Knowledge For? London and New
York: Routledge, 1989.