Bionics: How People Imitate Nature

The same ideas often occur to several researchers at the same time. They may also arise in the minds of different species! It’s hard to take something like this at face value, isn’t it? Take a closer look: the world around us is teeming with inventions and mechanisms! They grow under our feet, swim in the water, twitter in the trees. We only need to figure out how they work, and it can’t be done without a dedicated branch of science — bionics.

Natural Patents

“The human being is the center of the universe and the purpose for everything that happens.” This axiom of anthropocentric philosophy has been passed down the generations since antiquity. Let us complete the world picture with the theory of evolution, in particular, anthropogenesis: the human being, the “crown of creation,” the perfect final link of the evolutionary chain, breaking outside of nature itself! But even this way of thinking is challenged by paradoxical human curiosity: not wanting to have anything in common with our animal origins, distancing ourselves from their “wild” nature, we still look to the “imperfect” creatures, mimicking their forms, structures, and mechanisms.

The human interest in the “dismantling” of nature eventually gave rise to a stand-alone scientific discipline, bionics. It is the applied science of the technological application of the principles of living nature — the organization of living forms, their properties, functions, and structures. In fact, bionic models mimic nature. Even the synonymous term biomimetics comes from the Greek word “mimesis” or “imitation.”

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