We are no more than animals, and yet we are immeasurably more: we are biological creatures with intimations of the divine. The attempt to understand and explain this duality is the essence of religion and philosophy: man has a soul, man has self-consciousness, man is aware of his own existence and mortality. Ours is an exalted place; but it is also a humble one because we each are only a tiny part of something far larger and more powerful than ourselves—a concept strikingly similar to what lies at the core of all religion.

Gregory Stock

Gregory Stock is a biophysicist, best-selling author, biotech entrepreneur, and the former director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine. His interests lie in the scientific and evolutionary as well as ethical, social and political implications of today's revolutions in the life sciences and in information technology and computers.

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