Reviews and Testimonials
This book presents the case for changing our extant attitudes of human superiority and exceptionalism in order to achieve the environmental equilibrium necessary to sustain our species.[…] Dr. Schultz presents a well-informed, comprehensive, and astute analysis of the place of technology in the relation of humanity to the world’s physical environment.
– John Karayan, Woodbury University, USA
Drawing on his background in computer information systems and ethics, Schultz continues the account of conflicts between technology and ecology he began in earlier books. Among his topics are humans as masters of the world, conflicts with the ecosystem, mind body consciousness, humans as hunter-gatherers, civilization, causes of conflict with the ecosystem, environmentalism and sustainability, the role of science and technology, human-animal relations, regaining our place as a species among species, and extinction.
– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR
Offers a dark and timely update of what Aldo Leopold, in his classic Sand County Almanac, termed a "land ethic." Like Leopold, Schultz critiques the human tendency to set ourselves above or outside the natural world. But Technology versus Ecology: Human Superiority and the Ongoing Conflict with Nature goes further, asking whether science and technology are compatible with the planet's survival (and our own, as a species). He isn't optimistic. Science understands by abstracting and simplifying, but ecological inter-relationships are multifold and complex. And unhappy outcomes are near certain when technology is harnessed to short-term, profit-driven economic goals- like a steam engine without a safety valve.
– Colloquy, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Spring 2015