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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Each chapter followed a similar structure: Given that the reader continually harps on the high level of design and skill it takes merely to mimic creation, it is striking that she is entirely blind to the intelligence and skill it took biomimiicry create the same facets of plant and animal life that she views with such rapturous pleasure.

Some might call the book outdated, but I feel jaine decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we genyus are not the best designers after all. The or so pages of this book are 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.

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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Lists with This Book. Throughout its history, the contemporary environmental movement as well as the sort of inspirer tendencies that the author demonstrates has been less about means and more about ends. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture.

There is no such thing as a permament separation for as long as we reside on this planet. There have not been enough psychological studies nwture ownership to assume that everyone will function successfully in such a world without creating even more waste.

I enjoy reading all the gee-whiz almost-there projects that are going to supplant petroleum-based agriculture, energy, and the like, any day now. The author does bring out some good points about the drawbacks of conventional computing and there are some fantastic ideas, such as shape computing, evolving computer code, using a molecule from bacteria to compute based on light input, and solving difficult problems with tubes of DNA.


Refresh and try again. May 25, Julie is currently reading it.

I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating. Additionally, I thought the chapter on computing was a bit odd. You should still pick up this book. We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

I think some of the intensive details could have been omitted. Good examples and context. Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the face and that bilmimicry painfully obvious to me as a reader [1].

Jul 29, Hao Ca Vien rated it nafure was amazing. The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published.

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I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it. The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture.

Which is just mind-blowing in and of itself; can we take a moment to marvel at natural selection? Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like old news by now.

The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in The last part of this section was more sensible, talking about the most strategic way to discover as many useful medical compounds as possible in the face of threatened extinctions.

We have much to learn and this book drives the point home by elucidating the amazing ways of nature that we could decide to emulate instead of tromp upon. View all inspire comments. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely.


Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things. That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant in this book, and in many other books and magazines in the future-utopia genre, and it never fails to irritate me, in exactly the same way that the phrase “unborn people” irritates me.

Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action. It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one. Ecosystems are completely efficient role models and after reading this, I am certainly questioning how we got so far off the right path, and what it will take for our development to get back on the correct path and to follow the designs of nature. Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems. Reminded me of Cradle to Cradle, but also felt a bit dated.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting to digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts of scientists to copy God’s creation.

There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed. Initial chapters on Agriculture and Sunlight didnt intrest me as much as the workings of Computers and the Brain or Diet did, but this was just my personal preference. I went on a walking safari recently with a reformed poacher-turned-bushman-tour-guide named Didi.

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 fools, 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.

And I am glad I did. It is at the time fascinating and sad to see this optimism and will to change the world for the better. Books by Janine M. Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it.