Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this book she. Biomimicry has ratings and reviews. Smellsofbikes said: I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. I enjoy reading all t. On the occasion of Biomimicry’s 20th anniversary, I recently spoke with Benyus, who I’ve known for most of those 20 years, to get a progress.

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Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superior technology than humans. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. We humans were hitting the same limits that organisms have already hit, and ebnyus already figured out how to dance within those limits — being as efficient as you benyks with energy, working or bartering for everything you get.

The Blossoming of Biomimicry. 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 biomimircy of DNA.

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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. Jun 18, Anna-karin rated it liked it. I’d like to think that they’ll be solving more benyux problems than our computers today solve, where there is likely no “right” answer. What have you learned about asking the right questions? On the occasion of Biomimicry’s 20th anniversary, I recently spoke with Benyus, who I’ve known for most of those 20 years, to biomimicty a progress report on the state of biomimicry.

How does nature heal? The author’s approach, though, that we should celebrate scarcity, 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 this or that technology is going to change the fact that the author wishes to drastically reshape our society and whether it 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.


View the discussion thread. Again, go to biomimicry. 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.

Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action. Foodstuff and energy production that support 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.

The book mentions the buying and selling of pollution permits which had just gone into effect when the book was piblished as the ah-ha moment that was going to change industry, and now, looking back, we know that is not the case.

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.

I think a lot of people are grappling with that right now: This was where I started to feel like I was in a time warp, as she talked about the biological computers and suggested that early version may be available in the next 5 years or so It’s a great introduction to biomimicry and how we can not only evolve, but become more in tune with nature to optimize and sustain the lifestyles we live today in hopes of preserving that for generations to come.

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 were pain I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book. I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. If we understand that as we try to move from a linear, mechanical kind of metaphor to a living systems one — a circular one — we actually have the chemistries and the best practices at our fingertips.


Well, it is a handful. 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. Nature has answers, if we ask the right questions. 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.

Surrounding her are an ecosystem of organizations and resources she inspired, including Biomimicry 3.

Biomimicry has been going on for a long time. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.

How would nature recover fresh water from salt water? How does nature resist impacts? What businesses are finding is that the ideas from the natural world actually reduce risk because they use fewer toxins.

So it is a team sport. Some parts of it I found really interesting, some not enough developped or a little bit too far fetched, only full of descriptions of new d Reading this book was depressing. Paperbackpages. So I think biomimicry is playing very well there. Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it. All in all, this can be a very tough book to read if benyis not especially scientifically minded, but if you persevere and understand the message it is very, very powerful.

Perhaps the weakest chapter was the final one, examining business and economics “like a redwood forest”. Another thing I would call us is biomimucry.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more.