Monday, August 8, 2011

The Implications of Creation

I've usually found it interesting when engineers make an effort to emulate what they find in the natural world for one reason or another. For instance, consider the recent efforts to make robotic insects, birds, and dogs. Applications range, of course, from new spying devices to improving our means of flight to making toys. Yet months and months of planning, design, experimentation, and testing go into each one of these robots.

Now if you held one of these devices in your hand and studied its features, it would not take long to realize that these devices were "created". Their design was not an accident, nor did they evolve from a pile of plastic parts and electronic components. In short, each device has a designer or a creator.

Why can't we apply the same logic to living things in the environment?

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