И вот я пишу общую фразу "plans to turn rivers and move mountains". Рецензент возражает: "доказательства? примеры? кто когда пытался свернуть горы и повернуть реки?" Ну окей, я думал, и без примеров понятно, но раз есть вопрос, то нужно давать ответ. Добавляю про поворот сибирских рек и "была гора Высокая, теперь дыра глубокая". В результате получилось:
The growth of biomimetic research and engineering is a part of a more
general paradigm shifting, and it should be viewed in the context of
the social and ideological implications of the biomimicry regarding
the human/nature relationship. Since the 19th century and until the
mid- 20th century, the dominating human attitude toward nature
was the belief that science and technology would eventually provide
almost unlimited power to conquer and transform nature in a way
comfortable to humans. Examples include plans to turn rivers (e.g., the
Siberian rivers reversal) and move mountains (e.g., elimination of Mt.
Vysokaya in the Middle Urals in Russia) effectively reformatting the
natural environment. However, in the second half of the 20th century,
it became obvious that it is impossible to solve many economic and
social problems just by attempting to conquer nature. The human-
nature relationship is much more complex, and humans can benefit by
learning from living nature rather than trying to change it. As a result,
new areas such as “ecology” and “holism,” which emphasize the
harmony between humans and nature, became increasingly popular.
The emergence of biomimicry is a part of this trend.