Dreaming with My Eyes Open
Sunday, December 05, 2004

I was reading some commentary on the fusion of technology and nature. It disturbed me a little bit. In my life everything is natural. We simply change it's form we move it around, that's it. I'm typing on a computer, but I fail to see any part of it that is not natural. Every single material came from nature.

But your missing the point I'm told, I don't think that I am. I understand that a laptop would not "grow" in nature without man. It is far from a "simple" tool. But humans "grew" in nature. We are an extension of mother earth. I guess I find it inane to say that something we create is "fundamentally different" then that which is grown. Machines are developed, they "grow".

The idea that bugged me was that initially machines were very close to nature, and now they are moving back in that direction. WHAT!??! At what point were they not. Seriously, most machines are simply imitations of natural processes. We as humans have learned "logic" and "math" from nature. Why do we use certain numbers over and over, because that has been learned. Our inspiration is everything around us, including our own bodies. We learn all the time, but NATURE allows us to do that. It's all nature. Think I'm wrong? Good, because I might be. But if I'm wrong then I'd like to see a machine built without using natural material and without using ideas based off of phenomena observed in nature.

Ahh, the beauty of a rant.

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