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Nature Technology

by Ishida, Emile H.
Authors: Furukawa, Ryuzo.%author. | SpringerLink (Online service) Physical details: XIII, 174 p. 70 illus., 59 illus. in color. online resource. ISBN: 4431546138 Subject(s): Philosophy (General). | Technology %Philosophy. | Architectural design. | Life sciences. | Humanities. | Philosophy. | Philosophy of Technology. | Popular Science in Nature and Environment. | Interdisciplinary Studies. | Interaction Design.
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Where Are We Heading -- The Eco-Dilemma -- The True Nature of the Global Environmental Problem -- A New Way of Manufacturing and Living -- Thinking Based on Forecasting, Thinking Based on Backcasting -- Lifestyles Envisioned with Backcasting -- Pre-war Living in Co-existence with Nature -- The Pursuit of Nature and Enjoyment – The Contours of a                  Wholesome, Fulfilling Lifestyle -- The Transition to New Lifestyles – Transitional Technology -- Manufacturing That Takes Nature into Account – The Shape of Nature Technology -- The Japanese Industrial Revolution Which Did Not Part with Nature -- The New World Created with Nature Technology.

The Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred on March 11, 2011, reminded us that we were just one species within the great cycle of life on earth, that we were allowed to survive only because of nature, and that the idea that we were somehow able to conquer nature was simply an illusion. Now more than ever it is time that we confront head-on the change from the "underground resources" type of civilization to one with a new way of life and technology that embraces a sense of nature. To do so, we must learn from nature, the only sustainable society on earth, and create technology that embraces such a view of nature. We call such technology, which cleverly revives nature's greatness, Nature Technology. Taking a casual glance at nature, a nest of termites in the savanna region can be observed to maintain a steady temperature of 30°C despite the fact that the outside air temperature ranges from 50°C during the day to nearly 0°C at night. There are countless numbers of open pores just several billionths of a meter (nanometer) wide in the "earth" of the nest, which serve to regulate the temperature and humidity. In fact, all kinds of "earth" have these pores (clay mineral with aggregated structures) and air conditioners that require no electricity have been created by hardening this earth while preserving its structure; a cooling floor or wall becomes the alternative to a conventional air conditioner. This book provides many such examples of how Nature Technology can support a new lifestyle that is both environmentally sound and spiritually uplifting.

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