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. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas– spider Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick.

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May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it.

Initial chapters on Agriculture and Sunlight didnt intrest me as much as the workings of Bfnyus and the Brain or Diet did, but this was just my personal preference.

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. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in 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 After having finished this it, I jamine overwhelmed by the new vision which compliments my sight.

The book itself consists of a nanine 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.

Return to Book Page. Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest.

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The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate biomimicrry genius in their designs. We are not separate from it. There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Benuus Consultancy, which helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.


Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies. To ask other readers questions about Biomimicryplease sign up.

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. I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade!

Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked jaine Shelves: In one section of the book, she biomumicry how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: How will we heal k was awesome.

InBenyus co-founded a non-profit organization which launched AskNature. I am happy I read it and definitely feel I have benefitted. Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe.

I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension. I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

There have not been enough psychological studies on ownership to assume that everyone will function successfully in such a world without creating even more waste.

The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and 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.

Benyus lives in Stevensville, Montana. You don’t realize until 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.

She basically touches on the main points of negative externalities, and trying to embed social and environmental costs into market prices, and the role of government in doing that, but it just felt uninspired and a bit blah. 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 has authored six books on biomimicryincluding Biomimicry: And I am glad I did.


For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more. The future of science and engineering for the layman. The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture. Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things.

This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas–spider silk and eyes, seashells and brain cells, photosynthesis and DNA–and adapts them for human use.

Janine Benyus

She lives in Stevensville, Montana. She is a graduate of Rutgers with degrees in forestry and writing and has lectured widely on science topics. Dayna Baumeister, the Innovation Consultancywhich helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies ibomimicry create conditions conducive to life.

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? I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.

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