In “Biomimicry: Beaks on trains and flipper-like turbines” (BBC News, 27 ) October 2011), Katia Moskvitch reports
Since the dawn of time, nature has been working hard, engineering everyone and everything to the highest standards on Earth.
You can say that if you are talking about what “nature” does. You can even talk about it as an apparent intelligent agent:
“It is important to look at nature – after all, it has had 3.8 billion years to come up with ideas,” says Janine Benyus, a natural history writer who coined the term “biomimicry” in 1998.
“Nature possesses infinite patience in developing and perfecting processes, including those to produce energy such photosynthesis, and by mimicking and adapting [them] we can develop technology that is useful, low cost and aligns to our fragile environment,” says Marc Thomas, CEO of Dyesol Inc., the company that makes the cells.
But if anyone suggests that there is an intelligence behind nature, suddenly the mood changes to baseless claims about “junk DNA”, fronted with no regard for actual findings, or just plain stupid (and stupider) remarks.
Of course, the difference between industries using biomimicry and Darwinists is that industries need to produce something of value. That entails recognizing realities, however distorted.