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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Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture. May 25, Julie is currently reading it. Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. How will we heal ourselves was awesome. Brilliant curation of stories to begin twisting your thoughts in the direction of bio-mimicry.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners. The Land Institute, http: The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas We are not separate from it.

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.

Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. I enjoyed it biomlmicry it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it. Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology. I loved the understanding that it is we humans who bestow the title of “computer” upon an object which in our case is a silicon based piece of electrical hardware.

Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. These are innoation questions that we will likely be presented with in the forseeable future if we continue to pollute and use resources at current rates. The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture.


I have gained a deeper understanding into just how far we have strayed from a sustainable lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one.

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Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. This summer, I decided it was going to be a priority for my summer reading list, and it is the first one that I get to cross off.

The book Biomimicry was written in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting. It’s quite extraordinary to see so many disciplines and ways of thinking brought together in the name of learning from nature in order to design, produce, and manufacture in a sustainable way.

The author attempts to make too many connections between the brain and computers. Foodstuff and energy production that bj humans require a vast excess, because we are, fundamentally, parasites on our foodstuffs and our energy sources, and with the population pressure we have, there aren’t any natural processes that can sustain themselves and us too.

There is much more to this book. It talked about finding natural medicines by watching how animals heal themselves; what they eat when they have a parasite infection for example.

It inovation a duty upon us to dial back our transgressions we have enacted since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in order to make this planet a safe, healthy and habitable place to live for our descendents to come.

So Benyus’s chapter on bio-medical research hunting for drugs in the rainforest – and even investing resources into benyys indigenous knowledge of which plants heal, etc. They ate wildrye because they were starving because their normal crops had failed. I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing.

Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon. The future of science and engineering for the layman. Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it. Each inbovation talks about a different aspect of life as we biomimicyr it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things. Biomimicry has an interesting idea and the author did a lot of research, but it would be better without nearly as much detail about how proposed processes work.


Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to biomimicey your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda. 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.

Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in the others.

Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems. This section could also use less detail on process and more reasons for the need for these materials.

Want to Read saving…. Didi mentioned that, in addition to smoking elephant dung! I think some of the intensive details could have been omitted. I ended up skimming a bit in hopes of just gaining the larger idea. Viewing creation as a model, measure, and mentor, the author praises shamans and holds to the ridiculous myths of noble savages that have been around since at least the French Enlightenment of the 18th century.

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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem.