11 January 2012

'We have become, in a painful, unwished-for way, nature itself.'

The text of my book went to the copy editors a little while ago so it is basically done and dusted (bibliography, permissions for quotation and images, minor corrections notwithstanding). It will be published in October.

Looking over the final chapter yet one more time (and promped in part by an interview with Emma Marris at Chinadialogue), I turned thence to 'Natural Man' by Lewis Thomas, first published in The Lives of a Cell in 1974.   I think this essay, from which I quote in my final chapter (and which can be found online here) may be one of the wisest of recent decades.

image from Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs by Charles Darwin (1842)

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