Reclassifying Viruses as Living?
rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Mar 16 09:26:17 CST 2006
OK, I'll bite - how do we determine whether a box is natural as opposed to artificial?
----- Original Message -----
From: John Grehan <jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG>
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2006 8:14 am
Subject: Re: Reclassifying Viruses as Living?
> > But....if we didn't classify things into boxes to which we apply
> > what would we talk about?
> > Aloha,
> > Rich
> Maybe we would talk about non-boxes. Biogeography, for example, is
> rifewith 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
> boundariesare "natural" or artificial.
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