"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better," said that wise dude named Einstein.
Surely, there are countless ways to look deep into nature, and I want to explore many of these with you over time. But first, let's start at the beginning: the definition of nature. Here is a typical one, pulled from Oxford Living Dictionaries:
The phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.
'the breathtaking beauty of nature'
This definition excludes humans from nature. And yet, we humans are inseparable from and totally dependent on nature, shaped by the same forces as all other living beings on Earth. What a shame that our definition of nature doesn't include us. If language represents culture, then as a society, we see ourselves as being separate from nature. It is time we remember our place on this planet. It is time for us to (re)connect.
This blog aims to be a collection of information, insights, and opportunities in the field of biomimicry, written by Ayla Kiser, research scientist and biomimic-in-training.