We are in the present time participating in an unparalleled change in the human –Earth situation. As anxiety about our future mounts, the human gathers its hopes for the future from another typology, seemingly the artificial, or the cybernetic, the post-human or the super-human. It seems the project of our age may be the making of the “God-man” through technological means.
Many of us feel a deep desire to reconnect with Nature, and to practice genuine participation with Nature and her ways. Yet, this connection is greatly impeded by our Western paradigm of body as object, inherently separate, and increasingly disembodied by a life of technicity and technical objects. When technical objects are privileged over bodily being, equating humans and computers becomes especially easy, and the life of the body is devalued. When we devalue the body, we thwart our access to the larger body of life that surrounds us.
However as our human future becomes increasingly de-natured and de-humanized, the equilibrium we seek may lie less in technological solutions, and more in the inherent tendencies of our genetic coding. This genetic coding includes not only our own human origins and evolution, but also the imprint of all other species in evolution. An elaborate display of innovation and bio technology that includes mutations, morphing life forms, and changing structures. A complex and diverse evolutionary unfolding, that intelligent machines do not share.