Reclassifying Viruses as Living?
deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG
Wed Mar 15 22:14:53 CST 2006
But....if we didn't classify things into boxes to which we apply labels,
what would we talk about?
P.S. I have always been in the habit of considering the universe as a single
whole structure in a state of dynamic flux; but as a taxonomist, I do see
the value in establishing "artificial" (=defined by humans) compartments to
which certain properties consistently apply in most of the cases, most of
the time -- in order to facilitate communication.
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> While I cannot claim to be a professional taxonomist, I have always
> thought that the problem is not, where do we draw the line between life
> and non-life, but why do we want to draw the line. We humans tend to want
> to catagorise the world into a series boxes, but we know, when we look
> closely that these boxes are only constructs of our own minds, in reality
> nature does not have any boxes, just inumerable continuums which, although
> the representation may be thinner in places, facilitating our
> compartmentalisations, are generally not broken, especially once you start
> to consider things from a 4D point of view. Once you get into the habit
> of considering the universe as a single whole structure in a state of
> dynamic flux and learn to see the flows rather than trying to pinpoint
> moments of stability to build your understanding on the whole thing
> becomes much more comprehensible.
> Gordon Ramel www.earthlife.net/
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