All the chapters in this book were published in The Nature Institute's online newsletter, NetFuture. They have been revised for this book. Portions of the book also received publication elsewhere or were delivered as talks:
Chapter 1, "The Deceiving Virtues of Technology," was delivered as a plenary address at the 4th International Conference on Cognitive Technology: Instruments of Mind, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K. (August 6-9, 2001)
Chapter 3, "Toward an Ecological Conversation," was published as "A Conversation with Nature" in The New Atlantis no. 3 (Fall, 2003), pp. 34-46. It was also presented as a paper at a conference entitled "The Need for an Ignorance-based Worldview," sponsored by the Land Institute in Matfield Green, Kansas, June 3-5, 2004.
Chapter 6, "On Forgetting to Wear Boots," appeared in the Research Bulletin of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education, vol. 7, no. 2 (June, 2002), pp. 4-8.
Chapter 7, "Why Is the Moon Getting Farther Away," was first published in Orion (spring, 1998), pp. 34-44. It also appeared in The Internet and Higher Education vol. 1, no. 2 (1998), pp. 139-46.
Chapter 8, "Failure to Connect," appeared in an earlier version as part of "Computers, Brains, and Children," Research Bulletin of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education, vol. 4, no. 1 (January, 1999), pp. 23-29.
Chapter 11, "Who's Killing Higher Education? (Or Is It Suicide?)" appeared as "Who's Killing Higher Education?" in Educom Review (March/April, 1999), pp. 26-33.
All of Part I appeared in a Nature Institute Perspectives booklet, In the Belly of the Beast: Technology, Nature, and the Human Prospect (2004).
All of Part II appeared in a Nature Institute Perspectives booklet, Extraordinary Lives: Disability and Destiny in a Technological Age (2003).
The Nature Institute, and therefore my work on this book, has been supported by numerous gifts from individuals and organizations. In addition, I am grateful to the following organizations for financial support that specifically made this publication possible:
Foundation for Rudolf Steiner Books
Research Institute for Waldorf Education
The RSF Shared Gifting Group of the Mid-States