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. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies.

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The section on how will we make things again had some interesting ideas again had 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.

Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it. She is also President of The Biomimicry Institutea non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing.

bennyus It is not so readable as a result, and the chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative. How does nature shape and maintain community?

Open Preview See a Problem? Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

The author does bring out some good points about the drawbacks of conventional computing and beyus 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.

Those are things that actually people can start to understand. To ask other readers questions about Biomimicryplease sign up.

Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely. 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 biomjmicry 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.


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Just check out a DVD from the library or rent one from your local video store if you don’t believe me. NC by Janine M.

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

Quite often it was a bit more than I was comfortable going through. Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry.

It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – bioimicry re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.

Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. Having finished biomimicdy book, I feel justified in my own personal awe and wonder in how trees, plants and animals thrive in ways that we are too theoretically advanced but practically primitive to understand. I once served on the Institute’s board ; giomimicry the Global Biomimicry Networkwhich brings together thousands of bioimicry and practitioners working to use nature’s teachings to solve design challenges.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts.


Can we use perennials, which are self-fertilizing and self-weeding, instead of annuals as food crops? It makes us think differently about carbon.

But the science that has come out is not in the public vernacular. I think some of the intensive details could have been omitted. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicryincluding Biomimicry: The second section which focused on harnessing energy, however, made me realize that she is a biologist and I am notand although the overall information was interesting, there was a whole lot of detail on the process of photosynthesis way more than I care to remember.

This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. Really fascinating thinking and exciting to realize that there are more and more scientists who are starting to use this sort of technique.

Everything else around your house would be leased as a service. 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.

It talked about finding natural medicines by watching how animals heal themselves; what they eat when they have a parasite infection for example. You realize that the materials are going to be circulated within your ecosystem. Reading about how monkeys and rats manage to balance their diets according to their environments was fascinating too, how ironic that we are the most ‘advanced’ species on the planet yet other species do with ease what we are increasingly struggling to do?