Natural Technology

I often remember back to when I was in grad school — one of my memories is of another grad student from China (she was working on her Ph.D.) and the discussions we had. In one of these, she explained to me the Chinese view of nature … roughly: as “the inevitable”.

I also sometimes think about how some people view nature as something we (humans) are not a part of — I find that very odd (and in some way also fundamentally wrong).

Just now something else occurred to me that seems related. We are constantly creating the technology we want — in other words: Technology evolves… just as nature is destined to take its natural (evolutionary) course. For example: we no longer write on clay tablets. We have changed writing technology, and so writing technology has evolved. In this way, technology follows laws of nature (and natural evolution) much in the same way as living species do.

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