Quiz #3 makeup- the web of life
When I read the web of life i realized that all around us is made up of systems, big and small. The article first talks about how there is a new view on the world, They call this new view a holistic view on the world. This means we see the world as a whole not as a bunch of various parts. I think this is true now within the enviroment that we live becuase we no longer ask does this affect this one part but we also ask does it affect the whole. We have moved to a new way of thinking. We no longer wonder what one part of a machine can do for us, but we also look to see what that machine can do for us as a whole. This idea could be translated into the business world where companies try not to focus on the individual parts but try to see th company as a whole and make the whole thing work smoothly and efficienctly.
The article goes on to talk about how the world can also be looked at as a ecological view. This is very similar to the holistic view but with and ecological view you also see how something is embedded in its natural and social environment. When looking at the world through an ecological view you ask yourself questions about how systems and other aspects of the world around us are part of the nature and enviroment as a whole. When you are viewing the world ecologically you ask deeper questions on how something makes up or is part of a nature. You might ask how an atom is broken down, and then what happens at a subatomic level. You would then ask how is this embedded within nature and the social enviroment.
The third item the article talks about is the idea of ethics within our develipoing sciences. It first talks about how scientists no longer feel like they are under the same ethics as the rest of us. They say chemist continually polute our enviroment, physicists are building weapons that can destroy us and the enviroment, and other scientists torturing animals for scientific research. I see where the writer is coming from when he talks about how scientists are not respecting ethics in this day and age becuase the hot topics now in science are stem cell research and cloning.
In both cases the scientists are messing with the enviroment in a way in which they should not be. When we see them doing this though we find ourselves asking the question with the experiments and dicoveries they are performing are they possibily helping us by maybe finding the cure for a disease, or is the ethics they break while doing it to much of a risk? Ethics has become very important in the web of life. It can be associated with all aspects.
Another idea that the article talks about is the various systems in which have within our enviroment. We have so many systems but not all of them are safe to our enviroment. There is a large movement towards sustainability. This means we would build more efficient buildings and other systems in our enviroment that. I think this is a good idea becuase I think this will help the scientists who many are concerned with ethics become more aware of the affects of their actions on the enviroment. Sustainable building or some call it green design could greatly help our enviroment. We would be wasting less materials, and reusing the materials we usually jsut toss to the side. The idea of sustainability could strengthen the web of life because it would not be breaking it down, it would be bringing it back together by reusing aspects of it.
The article ends with telling us that the web of life is basically networks within networks. The networks are small and big, but everything consists of networks. I think this is important to understand becuase it helps us see how things are made up and in the end could help us figure out how it works within other networks. I also think that if we can figure out the various networks of one item we can compare it to the networks of other materials and find more connections that could help us produce a whole new network. An example I think of when talking about networls would be the idea of Biomimicry. They take the networks that make up a animal or other part of nature and use that network and apply it to another network to make something new that can help the web of life as a whole. An example would be taking spider silk to make a bullet proof vest. It shows how within the web of life we are all connected through the various networks that make us up.