The predominance of modernist science, premised on a mechanistic, Cartesian, and materialist worldview means that many of us now inhabit a life-world that is very much a contracted experience of reality—that which we can physically apprehend defines the limits of our experience. This habit of mind to have severed the deep empathic links our ancestors had with the earth, their kin and with other beings. This cauterized form of relationality is now widespread throughout our systems of education and scientific inquiry.
Lewis Williams (2013)
Deepening Ecological Relationality through Critical Onto-Epistemological Inquiry: