Nature Teaches Humans about Design

Okay, you caught me. "Nature" does not "teach" anyone anything, just like "science" does not "say" or "know" anything. That is the reification fallacy. Generally, it is not important except in formal debates and similar situations. Otherwise, so many people use the fallacy, we would be calling them out on simple figures of speech left and right and reigning in simple conversations. In conversations, people generally do not do this to manipulate the thinking of others to fall for propaganda. So, I felt like doing it here. Besides, the three links below are using the same figure of speech. Oh, and don't worry, the articles linked below aren't very lengthy.

A good designer is going to spend time making plans that include a variety of elements, as well as how the project can withstand variables. The infinite mind of the Master Engineer had everything covered in his plans, which took him no time at all. Humans used the minds that God gave them to study nature and learn some great things — and then praise their false god of evolution instead of giving thanks to the one who made it all possible. Ingrates.

Biomimetics is where God's creation is studied and principles are applied to our lives
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Now, let's commence to reifying. Animals are a good source of information that indicates design. Many have tails, and those tails actually use physics in some cases, such as the side-to-side movement actually helping increase the length of strides in walking and running. We can study ant algorithms in relation to population density. How do you get a robot to get off its back if it falls? Scientists are studying the way beetles click upright so they can apply the principle. To read more of this first installment, go to "Animals Teach Humans About Design".

Moving on, we can learn about the Creator's engineering work from plants. There's a whole heap of lignin laying around that plants are not using any longer, but if we get serious with studying it, it can be turned into bio-oil, carbon fiber, and more. We were taught in school that most plants need sunlight so they can make their own fuel, and studies are being conducted to efficiently use similar principles — but they need to learn how plants self-regulate so they don't burn themselves out. For these stories and more, click on "Plants Teach Humans About Design".

Let's get into the really tiny stuff. Cells have their own lock-and-key mechanism, and studying this in receptors on proteins to help medical diagnoses. A slightly related area is that cell membranes can let in some items and keep others out, benefiting biomimetic membrane fabrication. You can see what these stories are about and more, head on over to "Cells Teach Humans About Design".