multiple classification systems

John Trueman trueman at RSBS-CENTRAL.ANU.EDU.AU
Tue Jun 17 12:08:31 CDT 1997

Re Barbara Ertter's example:
>the historical fact of an early Pope declaring that capybara are "fish" for
>the purpose of Friday abstinence from meat. This seems nonsensical to us ...

... and merely as an aside:
To a biologist this should not seem nonsensical at all.  What is a human if
not a scaleless, bipedal, terrestrial fish?

John Trueman
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