Things have reshaped man – especially machines.
Nowadays man only knows how to start them, but then they continue running without any help. They run and run, and they crush man. In science, the situation is extremely serious.
The certainties of reason and the certainties of nature have evaporated.
Once there was a top and a bottom, there was time, there was matter.
Now nothing is certain. Method reigns supreme.
Method was devised by man.
Method left home and started to live its own life.
The “food of gods” was found, but we are not partaking.
Things – including the most complex of all things, the sciences – are overrunning the earth.
How do we put them to work for us?
And is it necessary?
We would be better off to build things useless and immense, but new.
– V. Shklovsky – “ZOO or Letters Not about Love”