[Re:] types of organization

Thomas Schlemmermeyer termites at USP.BR
Sat Feb 5 17:30:24 CST 2000

Hello, my cents into these exciting evolutionary debates...

>And humans are mearly a strange sort of terrestrial fish, or a colony of
>protozoans. In a strange sort of way the creationists are right - there
>really has been no "macroevolution" - we are still single celled animals
>and so we have not evolved from one "kind" to another etc.

1.) There are significant differences between single celled animals and us,
and every educated evolutionist would agree with me in that point.

 a.) We (Homo sapiens) constitute a natural, monophyletic lineage to be placed
somewhere in Mammalia. Single celled animals, on the other hand, represent a
generalization which refer to the way the individual is organized, it is a
level of organization. Namely, single celled animals are those organisms which
have one cell only each and which do not do a lot of phototrophy
(otherwise they would be plants)

 b.) the decisive differences between colonies of protozoans and humans are
many: for example humans can have cancer, virus diseases, and somatic and
sexual cells are separated.
All three of these characteristics cannot be found, to my knowledge,
in colonies of protozoans.

>"Taxonomy was just a necessary counterpart of the work I was doing. You
>must call a certain plant by a certain name, a certain animal by a certain
>Naturally you come along and you dabble into taxonomy out of necessity.
>The laws of nomenclature are imposed upon your attention by that. In other
>words, you try to reorganize, or better to say, organize your thoughts along
>definite lines and anming things properly; a regard for semantics of a
>particular kind in this particular field is connatural to the work."

This is an interesting statement. It implies, to my view, that the true
taxonomist works naturally. What, however, is THIS NATURE made of?
I mean I just wrote some stuff by Popper about the philosophy of science, where
he opposes the Hegelian view (which states that every individual ultimately will
reaveal and express itself due to some strange inherent laws of nature in the
sense of some spiritual essence which tends to reveal and express itself) with
the view of critical rationalism (which states that there are simply some
problems in our universe which are solved by scientists because they receive
payment or get an opportunity to combine their problem solving capacity with
their needs to survive.)

  OK, let's do the garden   Thomas

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