Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age
Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age<br> By Bill McKibben. | Henry Holt. $25.
Asked to name "the most technologically sophisticated people on this continent," few would short-list the Amish. But Mother Jones contributing writer Bill McKibben praises these considered Americans in Enough, his rumination on science and selfhood. McKibben doesn't want his readers to drive buggies, but he does want to slow the "all-out race to technologize" that has gripped the Western world. He admires the Amish for eschewing technologies that threaten their community's cohesion, while embracing others (say, mechanical manure spreaders) that prove useful tools.