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A glimmer of light for humankind?
on 2 April 2000
The desperate state of the world seems to call for some kind of new vision, and that is what is forthcoming from this unusual biologist, who approaches even the most metaphysical of problems from the standpoint of the open-minded, inquisitive scientist. He begins by gradually, soberly and very convincingly building up a scientific definition of evil, as, essentially, that which is out of balance, be that too much of something or too little. What he then proceeds to do is to turn many of our preconceptions about nature and ourselves upside down with argument and concrete evidence, and to suggest an interpretation of the world and our place in it which is courageously unfashionable and which also rings true. There may not be much hope expressed in this book, but what little there is is well-founded hope, and feels profoundly reassuring compared to the waterfalls of sentimental gook to which we are treated by the mass media promoting the making of money out of the "environment".