From human centred learning to bio-curiosity
I have a passionate interest in human nature, from the perspective that humans are one of the forms of nature. If we are nature, our relationship with other forms of nature changes to one of co-existing in a delicate balance in the world we share together.
I have enjoyed the posts from @AliAnani about humans learning from nature, which demonstrate the new pattern that has emerged about developing our curiosity about nature.
"the time has finally come to shed our human-centred learning patterns for one of bio-curiosity"
The more research that comes to light, from people like, Florianne Koechlin, an accredited scientist, chemist and researcher, is challenging our relationship with nature. Will the more we see ourselves as nature, open up new forms of communication between us and other nature forms?
The field of Biomimicry also shares discoveries of how nature has been solving challenges for billions of years. Nature's failures are fossils and the successful adaptations exist today. Engineers, biologists, designers and social scientists seek to understand how to emulate nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies to the challenges that humans have addressed inadequately.
Have we addressed them inadequately as we have thought we are "above" nature?Janine Benyus, said, by studying a leaf, biologists revealed the world's best water distribution network, including our lungs. This network follows a single Mathematical formula and has an impact on the way we can design and distribute water, gas, and electricity more efficiently. Currently, the 90 degree, plumbing systems humans designed are actually friction devices. Biomimicry is having a significant positive impact on the design and innovation of products.
“We’re awake now, and the question is how do we stay awake to the living world? How do we make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing?” - Janine Benyus
QuestionsI wonder if the more we connect to our human nature and our inter-relationships with nature, what we will learn of our ability to learn, adapt, and evolve. It seems to me like nature plays, is curious, experiments, adapts and evolves.Whilst humans have been pre-occupied with thinking we were more like technology and machines than nature, we seemed to lessen the art of:
- joy of life
We have considered work to be a serious business, without joy, creativity and meaning. That is all changing today, as more and more people seek out meaning and fulfilment at work, rather than work for work's sake and $ alone. I wonder as we shift back to our connection to nature, acting and living in relationship, with free access to information, whether we are also re-igniting our capacities for learning and adapting through play, through seeing "work" more as "play"?What are you doing to have more play and creativity in your life? more meaning? more fulfilment?
How do you ask nature's advice as a normal part of everyday living?
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