The Side-Effects are the Main Effects
Autore: Eastham Scott
Editore: Hampton Press Inc, Cresskill, NJ
Biotech Time-Bomb is a little masterpiece, reminiscent of the writings of Ivan Illich. This is not just a technical book about the horrors of genetic engineering seen in isolation from other horrors, but a highly erudite and superbly written critique of, in the author's own words, `the modern western scientific mentality' that `bears the imprint of the very urge to control both the social and the natural world.' Unfortunately genetic engineering, a particularly irresponsible inter- ference, is drastically affecting our lives. Indeed, as Eastham puts it `Our descendents may well look back on us as the last generation of genetically unaltered people, the last generation to know what nature was like before it was all turned into a batch of bioplasmic commodities for global markets'. Only a world-view in which our welfare, indeed our survival, is seen as dependent on the preservation of the critical structure of the living world, can save us from such a fate."
Scheda Autore: Scott Eastham
Californian Scott Eastham is currently Senior Lecturer in English & Media Studies at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He is the author of several books on technology and human values, media and culture, science, religion and literature, most recently American Dreamer, Bucky Fuller &the Sacred Geometry of Nature (2006). Among the others Works: Paradise & Ezra Pound, Nucleus: reconnecting science and religion Bear & Company 1987, The Radix or the original radical poem, Peter Lang, 1991