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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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So I think biomimicry is playing very well there.

May 25, Julie is currently reading it. Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. 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.

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You don’t realize benyuss halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot. 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.

When I finally had to name it, I went to the dictionary and I looked up the Greek for bio and mimesis and I came up with biomimicry. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs.

Benyus has authored six books on biomimicryincluding Biomimicry: Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite a few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this book. Along the way, Benyus has garnered two honorary doctorates and a clutch of prestigious awards and honors. Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: If we understand that as we try to move from a linear, mechanical kind of metaphor to a living systems benyjs — a circular one — we actually have the chemistries and the best practices at our fingertips.


Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing. Added to this was the inability of the benyhs 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. We listen very carefully to the challenges that people have around sustainability. InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild with Dr. Some parts of it I found really interesting, some not enough developped or a little bit too far biomiimcry, only full of descriptions of new developping technologies and some of them, according to wikipedia, finally failed or weren’t viable.

This books explains all aspects of science, from Biology to Chemistry and a little bit of Physics too. Books by Janine M. How does nature grow and scale? Just check out a DVD from the library or rent one from your local video store if you don’t believe me.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

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 What are the rules of mutualistic partnerships that maintain through time? If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length. 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.

And what can we learn from that about the systems that we live in? The first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous Views Read Edit View history. How do we do net-positive products?


Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. And what I said to the people at SHINE is that these are the touchpoints companies have, the opportunities for net-positive. However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago.

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Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. Given that the reader continually harps on the high level benyu design and skill it takes merely to mimic creation, it is striking that she is entirely blind to the intelligence and skill it took to create the same facets of plant and animal life that she views with such rapturous pleasure.

So, the real question is: Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics.

And therefore you need a chemistry that disassembles and assembles safely benyys life-friendly ways. I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot.

The basic premise is that we should be biomimkcry towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: But I persevered, I ploughed through the book even though early on I was quite disillusioned that this wasn’t the flashy “cool examples of nature in everyday English”. There are a few niomimicry of ideas in the book, but the tone veers too much toward preachy and has too many far-fetched oddities. There are too many brilliant models in the book of your people are doing things right.

The most exciting chapters, for me, were those on bilmimicry mimicking photosynthesis and medicine Big Pharma hunting for new meds in the rainforest. Benyus lives in Stevensville, Montana.