If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage . Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Janine M. Benyus and others published Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature }.

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Quite often it was a bit more than I was comfortable going through.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot.

That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool.

The or so pages of this book innovtion divided into eight chapters that ask why we are talking about biomimicry now, how we may feed ourselves in the future, how we will harness energy, how we will make things, how we will heal ourselves, how we will store what we learn, how will we conduct business, and where we will go from here.

NC by Janine M. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a inspited that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate innovatlon as a way to This book was a revelation for me. What was even more perplexing to me is the fact that, after all this technological talk, Benyus wrapped up the book by talking about how we should get back to nature, Iroquois style. See 2 questions about Biomimicry….

How will we feed ourselves? Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture. And even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the author is wrong to worship creation without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable. Good examples and context. You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that it feels so fresh and crazy and revolutionary!


Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon. The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. Biomimicry Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects.

They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world. Can we use perennials, which are self-fertilizing and self-weeding, instead nzture annuals as food crops?

As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain. I am happy I janjne it and definitely feel I have benefitted. Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. Using hacks that evolution developed over its history.

Paperbackpages. Like those whom Paul comments on in Romans 1 who exchanged the worship of the Creator for the worship of His creation and professed to be wise but became jqnine, the author undercuts her own worldview by her continual demonstration of the aspects of design in the whole field of biomimicry, to results that are both irritating and occasionally hilarious.

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There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed.

Didi mentioned that, in hanine to smoking elephant dung!

Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: There is much more to this book. The section on how will we make things again had some interesting ideas again bbiomimicry some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals.

They ate wildrye because they were starving because their normal crops had failed. The author traveled and talked with many key people. There have not been enough psychological studies on ownership to assume that everyone will function successfully in such a world without creating even more waste. This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. It is engineering, biology, and philosophy natyre up into one.

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The author’s approach, though, that we should celebrate natute, worship nature, and accept some kind of technocratic government ruled by unaccountable scientific elites who adopt some sort of socialistic system is shared by many others, and no amount of specific debunking of inonvation or that technology is going to change the fact that the author wishes to drastically reshape our society and whether imspired is done through the choice to reject contemporary ways made freely by people or by coercion when they do not move far or quickly enough, the author’s ulterior motives are the same.

Thanks for telling natude about the problem. It is at the time fascinating and sad to see this optimism and will to change bioomimicry world for the better. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superior technology than humans.

I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot. The result is that although I am not professing to be a born again scientist, I have broadened and slightly deepend my understanding of how and why basic processes such as Photosynthesis are so amazing to us. Open Preview See a Problem? The second thing is that this biomimiccry is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published.

Initial chapters on Agriculture and Sunlight didnt intrest me as much as the workings of Computers and the Brain or Diet did, but knspired was just my personal preference. The cure for cancer may lie in an undiscovered plant being burnt in the amazon for agricultural purposes.

If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. For one, the tone of the author read like someone who was proselytizing for a false religion, namely the heathen worship of the earth mother, which did not bode well for my enjoyment of the book as a whole. In one section of the book, she discussed how we may jwnine materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: