Posts tagged with nature
The life forms on our planet have necessarily evolved to match the magnitude of [thermal] energy ﬂows. But while “natural man” is in balance with these heat ﬂows, “technological man” has used his mind, his back, and his will to harness and control energy ﬂows that are far more intense than those we experience naturally….
A society based on power technology teems with heat transfer problems.
It was the high zenith of autumn’s colour.
We drove her car out to the countryside, to an orchard. Whatever the opposite of monocropping is, that’s how the owners had arranged things.
The apple trees shared their slopey hillside with unproductive bushes, tall grasses, and ducks in a small pond in the land’s lazy bottom.
Barefoot I felt the trimmed grass with my toes. A mother pulled her daughter away from the milkweeds—teeming with milkweed nymphs—because “They’re dangerous”.
It was only walking along the uneven ground between orchard and forest that I realised that I almost never walk on surfaces that aren’t totally flat, level, hard, and constant.
- sidewalks are completely flat in New York City; if you trip and hurt yourself because of their ill repair you can actually sue the City
- art (not all art but a lot of painting or screen-media) is conceived on a flat surface
- houses are square; efficient industrial production of the straight and right-angle-based construction materials
and work plans
means it would be relatively expensive to build otherwise.
- yards are square
- parks are square
- city blocks are square
- (…except older cities which resemble a CW complex more than a grid)
and in sheaf theory things can be different around different localities.
The cave walls in Chauvet have been locally deformed even to the point that knobs protrude from them—and the 32,000-year-old artist utilised these as well.
Maybe when Robert Ghrist gets his message to the civil engineers, we too will have a bump-tolerant—even bump-loving—future ahead of us.
Neurons are designed with a lot of listeners (the dendrite) and just one talker (the axon terminal).
If we consider the brain as a robust piece of hardware, which can
- learn across environments,
- operate independently of the rest of the organisation of the superstructure,
- and function even after sustaining physical damage,
maybe there’s a universal principle of good design here.