The title of this thread could be a little bit misleading. I am not staking a claim that we are no longer part of the Natural world, We certainly are. However, compared with all other species on the planet we have not subsisted on what nature can provide alone in eons.
For example, mankind today can only exist by using technology to artificially enhance the natural environment. The food we eat is farmed, not gathered, we are even at the point of genetically enhancing plants and animals in order to provide for our own needs. There are many other such examples. We make medicines today that are artificially synthesized such that our lifespans have been extended through this modern science and medicine. We live in homes built with manufactured components and we have modified the entire planet to benefit us. We have highways, airplanes, ships, machines, computers
The question I'd like to pose then is this, Has humanity grown/evolved beyond nature past the point of no return or at least heading in that direction, and should we or can we even turn back to living within the bounds of what nature can provide. IS the direction we are going our inevitable future and we should embrace it, or have we gone too far and will doom ourselves and take the earth down with us? Is it even possible for mankind to pull back from ever increasing dependence on technology.