Subdue the Earth
- 1985 ----- color ----- 52 min ----- vhs
Francis Bacon reflected that the scientific control of nature was God's will. The better we understand nature, the better nature may be made to serve us. There grew to be social theories on nature--nature as an economic struggle, human society projected on animal behavior. All justifications for our divine right--the human species has the right to treat other species and the entire planet in any way it likes. We have this right because we are more important than other species. Even Darwin's view of evolution was colored by the views of his own social environment. Modern man looks upon the exploitation of nature almost as a religion of development. Undeveloped nature is heathen.
- Topics: (Biology, Economics, Environmental Studies)