Sobering day, what with the 8.9 earthquake in Japan. This will be short.
We have always tried to understand nature and predict it.
Starting waaaaay back with clocking the seasons and the stars...
Right up to the edge of today, with predicting the motion of tsunami (thank you, NOAA, for your awesome modeling)...
So... Predict Nature?
To some extent.
We've proved we can use a portion of the energy from sun, water, and wind for our own purposes, and pretty much extinguish species as we desire (although I do think the insect world will probably prove the ultimate survivors).
But "control" Nature? As in control the motion of tectonic plates and the evolution of the stars?
Too, we once believed the universe circled 'round our little planet.
We now know differently.
Humans = hubris.
And Nature wins out, in the end.