48. "In The Spirit on The Waters (1897), Edwin Abbott Abbott relates the climax of Flatland, in which A. Square experiences a visitation from the third dimension - the Sphere, perceived as a series of ever-changing Circles. Would A. Square be right in worshipping the Sphere because of its God-like powers? No, Abbott tells his readers. It is wrong to attribute spiritual power or moral superiority to a being merely because of its physical or mental abilities." Ian Stewart, The Annotated Flatland
49. "It was Nietzsche who warned us, at the end of the 19th century, not only that God is dead but that 'faith in science, which after all exists undeniably, cannot owe its origin to a calculus of utility; it must have originated in spite of the fact that the disutility and dangerousness of the ‘will to truth,’ of ‘truth at any price’ is proved to it constantly.' It is this further danger that we now fully face - the consequences of our truth-seeking. The truth that science seeks can certainly be considered a dangerous substitute for God if it is likely to lead to our extinction." Bill Joy, Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us, Wired Magazine.