"While the instantaneous is paraded and proclaimed, much that goes unnoticed really is shaping our lives. Man acts upon his surroundings in different modes and designing is but one. It is the thoughtful or thoughtless intrusions that loom large at their time and carry their size into the histories with which we continue to delude ourselves. The unassuming acts, the incidental ones and acts forgotten go unnoticed. Aside from making our histories shoddy, overlooking these acts cannot help but weaken our predictive strategies. Water removal from buildings, as well as the transport of it across surfaces, the conditions at boundaries, disposal of waste, linear phenomena and species destruction provide kinds of examples to show that acts in the past have changed our surroundings in significant ways. However, recognition of these and collecting them isn't enough. While improving on the writing of history may be one objective, strengthening our predictive capabilities will make history worthwhile. Strategies such as "design with nature," often overlook or exclude man's noticed or unnoticed effects on his surroundings. Decisions which seemingly are as uncomplicated as the choice of a paint color, for example, may have a more far-reaching impact on "nature." A better strategy for prediction may be possible if a kind of natural history is postulated: one that includes the acts of man on his surroundings and especially the ones that have gone unnoticed. In other fields of study there is some recognition of this. Maybe we can be guided by the insights of others. Lynn Margulis asks questions about evolution that could help us. World views, for instance those of the Navajos or others, as represented by anthropologists could be assessed for their contribution. The work from the field of evolutionary biology should be assisting us and the sobering perspective it provides should be tempering our arrogance. This paper aims at providing a framework for a more authoritative predictive capacity within the practice of design so that designers will not be beguiled by the stories they tell continually themselves."