frequently asked questions
see our faqs with answers below
How can I request a biomimicry speaker?
Do you have a list of recommended readings on biomimicry?
- Click to our Speaker Request Form and enter the details of your event including date, audience profile and size, budget, honorarium, and any other particulars. Your request will be sent to the appropriate person and they will contact you.
Is there a biomimicry publication that I can subscribe to?
- As you can learn from this website, biomimicry is interdisciplinary. There are numerous fascinating books and articles and websites related to various aspects of biomimicry on topics ranging from mechanics to architecture to art to business, and of course biology. A list of recommended readings and links can be found in the Resources section of Biomimicry3.8's website.
Biomimicry has changed my life! What can I do to help?
- We recommend Zygote Quarterly
I don't believe in evolution. Doesn't that undermine the basis of biomimicry?
- Join the crowd! Biomimicry is changing the worldview of an increasing number of people; it provides hope — and a tool — in a world that can seem desperately unsustainable. We invite you to learn as much as you can via this website. Deepen your understanding of biomimicry by trying to apply Life’s Principles to everything you do. And of course, ask nature…
Is biomimicry the same as bionics, biomimetics, and bio-inspired engineering?
- Biomimicry is firmly rooted in science and is based on the scientific research that suggests that life present on earth today reflects the results of 3.8 billion years of evolution. We look at evolution as 3.8 billion years of trial and error, research and development, and rigorous quality control testing that resulted in a 99.9% failure rate, so that the estimated 30 million different species of organisms living on earth today are success stories. They have figured out materials, forms, processes, systems, and strategies needed to sustain themselves in the conditions on earth as it is today – the very same conditions in which we must sustain ourselves. Although biomimicry is founded on the scientific concept of evolution, perhaps you may be able to replace the concept of evolution or “nature’s genius” with a concept or belief that results in the same idea – that life on earth today embodies a virtually infinite reservoir of sustainable solutions.
Is genetic modification a form of biomimicry?
- Biomimicry shares much with the other bio-inspired fields that draw inspiration and innovation from nature. It is our understanding that biomimicry is unique in that the biomimicry method intends to result in sustainable design solutions.
- Genetic modification is a form of using biology – what we call “bio-assisted” – rather than learning from it. In bio-assisted processes we domesticate the producer. In biomimicry, we emulate the producer. For example, in biomimicry you would study the spider’s “manufacturing process” for silk and then figure out how to emulate that process. So biomimicry is about learning the recipe of the spider’s brilliant creation, rather than combining spider and goat genes to make some sort of super silk. In addition, there is still a lot to learn about “unintended consequences” of genetic modification. It is still a relatively young science, and despite how wide-spread its reaches are today, we should be cautious with how we use it. David Suzuki, a well known geneticist, wrote this piece (PDF) that you might find interesting.
Who is teaching biomimicry at school level in south africa?
- Please refer to our school curriculum page.
Who is teaching biomimicry at the university level?
- View this page for more information on undergraduate and postgraduate options.
How can I learn biomimicry through biomimicrySA?
- Click on our learn biomimicry page and find out more about our Learning Journey, workshops, expeditions and more. Our Learning journey leads to a Biomimicry Practitioners Certificate.
Can I get a degree in biomimicry?
- Arizona State University offers a Masters of Science (MS) in Biomimicry. In addition, Biomimicry 3.8 offers a 2-year Biomimicry Professional certificate program that is similar to a Masters degree in rigor and depth.
Are there any biomimicry videos available?
- There are a number of biomimicry videos/presentations that are available online. Many of these are included on our Videos page. Also check out the Biomimicry 3.8 YouTube Channel, which includes our videos plus numerous others of individuals, organizations, and other things we find inspiring and important. In addition, CBC did a special on biomimicry on “The Nature of Things” with David Suzuki. The Nature of Things program is two parts, both covering various biomimicry endeavors.