What do you make of our relationship with science and technology?
I am ambivalent because I think that the real problems of the human condition won’t be solved by another set of gadgets. Or even by spectacular interventions of the DNA kind. I introduce the idea of “genetic fixing” in The Stone Gods, with people choosing their ages. But when we’re all young and beautiful and everything’s supposed to work, it’s still going to be a nightmare because the problems are inside our heads. They aren’t going to go away just because we all look like star gods. Even if I could take a pill to be perfect, I wouldn’t.
What does help?
I tend to put my faith in the power of thought because I think people need to change from the inside out, not the outside in because that never works. We’ve got into a “science can fix it” mentality, which is not the fault of science.
No matter how much we pollute the planet, science will clean it up, if we run out of oil it doesn’t matter because the boffins will think of some other way. It’s always pushing the responsibility for fixing these problems onto “other” people, whoever they may be, giving them enormous power and, at the same time, suggesting there really aren’t any problems.
-interview with Jeanette Winterson, http://www.jeanettewinterson.com/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=470