dare win

December 15, 2007

“Right now, we are engaged in the late 20th century version of the struggle between those who believe that the human species is so flexible, so potent, that even when we face great crises, as in the past, we will find the solutions, and so therefore we should go full speed ahead, not worry about it, concentrate on the science and technology; this is in dire opposition to the natural science viewpoint that we have genius but it is not so great as to allow us to separate ourselves that way from the environment in which the species evolved. I believe we need a thorough naturalistic worldview of the human condition, because we are now facing crises — particularly with reference to the environment — that will be better met through this view of ourselves as belonging to this planet, as a very biological species.”

Edward O. Wilson, in Darwin: The Legacy BBC video, 1998

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