When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.
— David Hume
The Power of the Astronomer
Today, astronomy is just one of the sciences and most people are, at best, fascinated by the night sky and the advancing sun and moon. But throughout ancient times, the astronomer was critical to agricultural societies. Someone had to watch the sunrises and sunsets, or the changing star patterns, or the moon cycles to determine the seasons for planting and harvesting.
The “control of nature” is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man.
— Rachel Carson
Throughout history, man has repeatedly reached a point in the development of his society where he has determined that he influences nature. And time after time, nature humiliates him.