Is there anything more innovative than nature?

Our society is constantly projecting towards the future. The myth of modernity is based on the pillars of science and technology as a guarantee of quality of life and material progress. But it is becoming increasingly evident that humans have made a fundamental miscalculation. We have neglected the context in our growth, convinced that we surpass other living beings in intelligence.

We conceive nature as “an alien thing”, ideal to oxygenate us a weekend, and full of inexhaustible resources. Reality, however, shows us that there is no “we” and nature in a detached way. Being aware or not, our life on the planet is part of a system and our actions generate impacts that can’t be forgotten and that affects all its inhabitants. Let’s see some principles:

 

You have to look at the adaptive strategies

An evidence with the need to clearly understand the context lies on the survival capacity of the species. Nature teaches us that species can only survive if they are able to respond to a specific problem, deploying adaptive strategies. Therefore, if these solutions don’t sufficiently adapts to their environment, they end up becoming unsustainable and fail.

Life on the planet has existed for 3,800 million years, but less than 1% has survived to this day. Then, as Peter Druker stated, in a more conceptual context, it is effectiveness (“doing things right” and doing them correctly) that has made the difference. An authentic lesson in humility that invites us to project a new look towards nature, more respectful and realistic, that can help us find unexpected solutions based on bioinspired models. This is the essence of Biomimetic.

 

 

Cooperation versus competition

From the perspective of the theory of games, the possibility of sharing food with a congener may seems like a bad deal in the short term, especially if we don’t have to meet more than once that same individual. But the cooperative strategy has clearly proved more positive in the long run, essentially because man is a social subject. We have precisely in the symbiosis a good example of this beneficial relationship for both parties that has become even a key to the existence of aerobic life. Lynn Margulis, a great scientist and discoverer of symbiogenesis, defined it in these terms: "life is a symbiotic and cooperative relationship that allows those who associate to triumph".

 

Jordi Carrasco

Institut de Ciències Biomimètiques

 

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