August 22, 2005

IF YOUR DESIGN IS JUST LIKE NATURE ISN'T IT NATURE?:

Technology to mimic Mother Nature: Researchers look to tap into a whole world of possibilities (Ken Howard Wilan, August 22, 2005, Boston Globe)

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Mother Nature is smiling broadly. The science of imitating nature -- an approach called biomimetics -- is reaching out in deeper and more varied ways that ultimately seek to improve current technologies or create completely new ones.

Biomimetics work includes moving lab-grown tissue inspired by the real thing into the body to fix organs, and building robots that process information more like humans do, in order to better identify objects.

Advocates also attempt to lift processes from the human body, such as how it heals itself, and introduce these processes into inanimate objects: Think of self-healing TVs that would put the TV repairer out of business.

Biomimetics, or the mimicking of biological processes, is nothing new.


Indeed, who is to say that biology is not simply biomimetics.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 22, 2005 12:00 AM
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"IF YOUR DESIGN IS JUST LIKE NATURE ISN'T IT NATURE?"

An excellent argument against ID, Orrin. I mentioned this in the last thread, but thank you for picking up on it.

Posted by: creeper at August 23, 2005 4:33 AM
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