The great impasse in empirical science was reached early in the 20th century when quantum mechanics was first being developed.
In the ancient world, it was rulers and emperors who were sometimes said to be “the image of God.”
Sometimes, civilization’s design breaks down, and we then see how complex, interdependent, and fragile the system really is.
One of the advantages we have in our study of nature is our ability to observe an entire “unpolluted” universe.
Edgar Rice Burroughs set his Tarzan series (1912) in the African jungle. Because of Tarzan’s wild upbringing, he avoids the debilitating forces of civilization.