virus: Who Is Mother Nature?

Does anyone here think it is innapropriate--perhaps even hypocritical, for atheists to make mention of "mother nature"? I realize that the term "mother nature" is nothing more than a quick and easy way to say "the laws of the natural world", but by given it a persona, aren't we demonstrating our own susceptibility and acceptance towards mythical thought?

Makes me want to go read Julian Jaynes' "The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind" again. Perhaps even atheists have some innate 'need' for external authority.

Just my $.02 worth.

Michael Fulford