Earth Friendly Material Science is about learning our role in the ecosystem.
The world and our understanding of it is granular, relative, and not continuous and in sameness, what we impose on the world, our categories are tinted by our everyday particular experience. Our knowledge is based on our experience of everything around us that influences our ideas, our familiarity about who we are and what we consume.
“When [Scott] Atran claimed that folk biology mirrors professional biology, he was criticized because folk categories like “vegetable” and “pet” match no Linnaean taxon. He replies that they are artifacts. Not only are they defined by the needs they serve (savory, succulent food; tractable companions), but they are, quite literally, human products. Millennia of selective breeding have created corn out of a grass and carrots out of a root. One has only to imagine packs of French poodles roaming the primeval forests to realize that most pets are human creations, too”, writes cognitive psychologist Steven Pincker.
Nature selects phylogenetic relationships between organisms through bio-geographic and genealogical distribution over generations, organisms are not necessarily related by human observed morphology and universality.
Quantum mechanics shows science does not need a human observer to happen. What we learn from quantum physics is that learning is experiential and doesn’t happen in isolation from our surroundings.