Featured Page #02: Google Nature

NextNature.net
May 26th 2012

During the coming weeks, we will present a selection of our favourite pages from the Next Nature book. This week the second one in this series: Google Nature.

Imagine you are an intelligent alien from outer space that has just landed on Earth. Before you can mingle with the earthlings you’d need to learn their language. It seemed like a smart idea to start at Google image search. Just type in a word and you’ll immediately get a collage of images that show you what it means (by the way: this is also a helpful tip for the more visually oriented humans among us). Let's start for example with the word dandelion. That teaches you a lot about the different phases of this flower and how it propagates!

So far so good, but things are rapidly getting more bizarre. For instance when you try the Beetle, or the Puma: both somewhat confusing. The Lion seems to be fine, that 's the meat-eating animal that jumps on other animals. Jaguar seems to be more schizophrenic again. Better avoid the Apple. The Blackberry, however, is peculiar. It's not certain where they grow.

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Featured here are pages 88-89 from the book Next Nature: Nature Changes Along with Us. More information about the book can be found here.

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