Janine Benyus gave a good talk about the design of nature – relaying a great anecdote about arguing with a bookseller about whether her book should be in the “nature” section or the “technology” section. His ultimate reply “you have nature, and you have technology – pick one.” But she wonderfully pointed out that nature is the supreme technology. A delightful example she gave was the swarms of millions of cicadas down the Atlantic coast recently – and she asked, “did you see any collisions?”
Tom Daniel has followed with a talk on biomechanics – a bit gruesome. I am reminded a little of a book I read recently called “Sync” by Steven Strogatz. It was a great exploration of our inner compasses.