This is, essentially, what I was arguing in the Aztec thread.
Humans are story-telling culture-dwellers, we create stories to explain, define, and control our environment - the less control we have over it, the more powerful, and central, an element it is within our stories.
Either you own your stories, or they own you.
Ours have come to own us.
Civilization - technology - is, for all intents and purposes, a manner of storytelling. The cultural memes of Science and Civilization propagate themselves as methods of taking power over nature, of taking control (ostensibly, anyway) of our existence, and defining us a culture. It is how we perceive the universe and our place in it, it is the mythology of modernity.
We do like to think we are smarter, but the converse - we are more stupid - is not true either. We are simply robots who think we are in control, sheep who think we are wolves.