By Janine Benyus. First published in , this profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest. 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. This profound and accessible book, written by Biomimicry co-founder Janine Benyus, details how designers and scientists are studying nature’s genius to.

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I’d like to think that they’ll be solving more complex problems than our computers today solve, where there is likely no “right” answer. Everything else around your house would be leased as a service.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature – Janine M. Benyus – Google Books

All in all, though, I would really recommend this book as an eye-opener for changing our views on growing food, harnessing energy, medicine, and many other benuus human needs. Benyus is the author of four books in the life sciences, including Beastly Behaviors: However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago.

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. May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in Open Preview See a Problem? Paperbackpages.

I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating. Using hacks that evolution developed over its history.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

She is also President of the The Biomimicry Institute, a 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. The Land Institute, http: While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best. Instead of going to depth of the problem, analysing it, the author proposes a journey through a possible utopia which is offered by biomimicry.


I think some of the intensive details coul This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. Books by Janine M. Refresh and try again. Dec 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: Loved reading about the physical structure of Abalone shells, and the way animals ate to heal themselves. 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.

It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely. I am trying to finish this book. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.

InBenyus co-founded a non-profit organization which launched AskNature. After reading it, there are many advancements that have been developed since then and a second book could easily be made with the new technologies.

Reminded me biok Cradle to Cradle, but also jaanine a bit dated. Reading this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons. And even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the author is wrong to worship creation without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable.


Reading this book was depressing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Everyone should read this, its a great general study on the field. Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature – Janine M. Benyus – Google Books

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. Quite often it was a bit more than I was comfortable going through.

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 janinf plain at the outset that I did not like this book. Benyus lives in Stevensville, Montana.

There is even a section on a jahine type of monkey that seems to be able to choose the gender of their offspring by eating alkaline or acidic food during mating season. If we decide to enclose ourselves within concrete walls, we have only temporarily separated ourselves.

This book was a revelation for me.