Real Species

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Apr 21 21:28:00 CDT 2004

At 09:43 2004-04-20, pierre deleporte wrote:
>Classic species are classes of individuals. Species themselves are not
>"individuals". They are not even loosely connected biological systems (the
>dead individuals don't interact with the living ones, to the difference
>with spatially restricted populations composed of living, interacting

Um, my skin cells when I was a fetus interact with my current skin cells in
a dead vs. living sort of way. I imagine that I have some cells still alive
from my earliest years, but I think that calling us individuals is specious
<chuckle> in the same sense as calling a species an individual.

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