Every living thing is a sort of imperialist, seeking to transform as much as possible of its environment into itself . . . When we compare the (present) human population of the globe with . . . that of former times, we see that "chemical imperialism" has been . . . the main end to which human intelligence has been devoted.
Source: Bertrand Russell, An Outline of Philosophy, Meridian Books, Cleveland and NY, 1960
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