"[W]estern science was based on the idea that there are laws of nature. And it got that idea from Judaism and Christianity and Islam. That, in other words, the potter, the maker of the world, in the beginning of things laid down the laws. And the law of god, which is also the law of nature, is called the logos ….. So we have tended to think of all natural phenomena as responding to laws. As if, in other words, the laws of the world were like the rails on which a streetcar or a tram or a train runs.
[B]ehind the fully automatic model of the universe [that it is based on natural laws] is the notion that reality itself is …. blind energy. In say the metaphysics of Ernst Haeckel and T. H. Huxley the world is basically nothing but blind unintelligent force. And likewise in a parallel to this in the philosophy of Freud, the basic psychological energy is libido, which is blind lust. And, it is only a fluke, it is only as a result of pure chances, that resulting from the exuberance of this energy there are people. …. If we want to keep it [our place in nature], say these people [who believe in an automatic model of the universe], we’ve got to fight nature, because it will turn us back into nonsense if we let it. And so, we’ve got to impose our will upon this world as if we are something completely alien to it from the outside. And so, we get a culture based on the idea of the war between man an nature."
Alan Watts | Out of your mind | 8:35