The overall pattern of our culture is the gradual loss of a sense of communion with the soul of the world and the rise of science as an abstract modelling of reality that confers power over natural phenomena. The predominance of abstraction ultimately brings about a reversal of roles, in which the intrinsic logic of technology and of the economy comes to dominate human life. Only by recovering our sense of belonging to the larger circle of life can we find ethical guidance and balance in confronting the blind forces that threaten to ravage the biosphere and possibly annihilate us and many of our non-human relatives. This journey back takes many forms. Hints of a return to wholeness are perceptible within science itself, as we will briefly review.