Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature’s models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf.
What implication(s) does this have for our species? After all the destruction that we have been causing our planet for industrialization, its time that we started using more natural ways to meet the requirements of our specie. Biommincry is a very good system, but not widely adopted as a way of thinking or solving environmental problems till now.
How does this alter our thinking of the way we categorize organisms? I do not think that it alters the way we categorize organisms. There are many organisms for which we have uses – Cows give us milk, they are eaten as beef, their skin is used as leather; but we do not classify cows and other useful animals in any different way. However, we treat useful animals in a different way- it will continue that way even after the expansion of Biomimicry.
Are we the first species in history to be directing our own evolution? In a way, Yes. Man is the only being who is directing his evolution and trying to get control of things on the planet – and in some cases beyond! The eternal need for getting control of the plants, animals and other resources on the planet has meant that man has always tried to find ways of using everything to his advantage.
What are the implications for the pharmaceutical companies? – The pharma companies have always used natural and scientific ways to find cures, they will continue to do so, I don’t think there will be any huge difference in their way of research.
Does that place the pharmaceutical companies in the position of being able to engineer and control human life? – No, I don’t think so. The pharma companies are already on their way of providing artificial organs and extend our life but they cant per se engineer or control human life; we are free beings – the companies can extend our lives, add more strength in our bodies, but cant control our life.
Bimimicry retrieved from http://www.biomimicry.net/intro.html on 6th Nov’06