Metaphors for Nature

Metaphor:

 

Mother Earth

Clock/Machine

Information

     

Time:

 Cyclicallinear, fixed & objectiveMultiple & programmable

Organization & Production:

 communal & agriculturalnational & industrial (fordism)international & postindustrial (human genome project)

Nature of Nature (earth ethic):

 living entity, dangerous, & nurturingorderly, fixed, predictable, & manipulablere-programmable open to complete reconstruction

Material World

 alive and inspirited (animism)inert, deadmanifestation of information (ordered)

History:

 none/cyclicalfixed & constrainingirrelevant

Future:

 eternal returnprogress via efficiencysimulation

Ethic:

 thou shalt notbe productivebe creative