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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

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‘Nature’ words according to Google

Imagine you were an intelligent alien from outer space that 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.

Lets start for example with the word ‘dandelion‘. That learns 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.

The Puma is also somewhat confusing.

Lion seems to be fine, it is that meat eating animal that jumps on other animals.

Jaguar seems to be more schizophrenic again.

Beware for the caterpillar.

Cherry seems edible.

Better to avoid the apple?

Shell is some sort of stylized predator.

Blackberry is peculiar, unsure where they grow.

Strawberries look sweet.

Unsure if you can eat the Berry.

And finally the mouse.

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  1. Then again — being an alien — why would I start by typing an unknown set of characters forming a word that I can’t pronounce to find corresponding imagery? :P Nice series Koert!

  2. FYI: this post is not about aliens (It is a well kept secret that I have very little interest in aliens).. perhaps I should have better taken little children as an example.

  3. Interesting…

  4. Hare is also great

  5. SImon

    Thanks for the good read; like your humor and insight! :-)

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