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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 first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous 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. 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.

Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite a few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this book. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture.

I see the questions differing now. The book itself consists of a series of explorations that the author has into various aspects of bioengineering that seek to take what is best out of creation and apply it to human beings in novel contexts or ways.

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She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superior technology than humans. Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: I had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion.


I mean, this is a woman who circled the globe on a small boat. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. Everything from the biomimcry product or process challenge, all the way up to organizational challenges, how we network ourselves together.

The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature. Benyus lives in Stevensville, Montana. I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering.


They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world. You can make all kinds of plastics out of carbon dioxide, out of methane, out of greenhouse gases. How do you have your product sequester carbon dioxide? Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own.

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A conversation with Janine Benyus. Paperbackpages. Biomimicry is largely happening in the subtleties of biology, so be prepared for a heavy dose of biochemistry. And therefore you need a chemistry that disassembles and assembles safely in life-friendly ways.

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. What are the rules of mutualistic partnerships that maintain through time?

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. Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages. Well, it is a handful. This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped biomiicry, lacking in the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in the others.


Descriptions of the people working in this field are the kind of thing that usually bring a subject to life, but this time there are too biomi,icry and too many technical details of things, including ones in the experimental stages that may or may not work out.

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

In many cases, these technologies are in plain sight: So, the real question is: They ate wildrye because they were starving because their normal crops had failed. Jun 18, Anna-karin rated it liked it. When you hear this optimistic soon-utopia-to-be tone ofwhen it was written, you can’t help but look at what’s happening now and see that nothing much has changed.

She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning. That changes the equation. We turn it into a functional question: Oct 17, Petite rated it it was amazing Shelves: There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed.

Another thing I would call us is sleuths.