Books: Back to the Luddites?

THE MYTH OF THE MACHINE by Lewis Mumford. 342 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $8.95.

Deep in the breast of every intellectual burns the desire to play God; to know the symbiosis of mind and body that led to the walking, talking, feeling creature called man; to create a total rationale for his actions and to predict his destiny.

Thus Culture Critic Lewis Mumford (The City in History, The Highway and the City) decides that present ideas of man's inevitable dependence on science and technology are nonsense. Modern man, he says, is a victim...

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