Reclassifying Viruses as Living?
jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Thu Mar 16 08:14:56 CST 2006
> But....if we didn't classify things into boxes to which we apply
> what would we talk about?
Maybe we would talk about non-boxes. Biogeography, for example, is rife
with schemes to put geographic boxes around life. Croizat showed that it
was possible to do biogeography without the boxes, and that approach
sure generated a lot of talk (or non-talk for those who chose
suppression). Perhaps it is a matter of whether the boxes or boundaries
are "natural" or artificial.
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