Google for Internet Database of all life, and existing initiatives already doing this

John Grehan jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Tue Mar 21 14:59:05 CST 2006

I admire Doug's goals of attaining a single classification, although I
wonder if some, if not many, groups will remain ambiguous in some way.
There is the principle that there is a 'single' history and we should be
able to recover that history by through its biological trace (genetics,
morphology or whatever), but if that history is itself multidimensional
in space and time (i.e. an origination event whether species or any
other entity is not located as some kind of idealist singularity) it's
biological trace may always point in multiple directions. Even the key
question of human classification that one would think is a finalized
resolved issue is beset with the fundamental contradiction between
morphological and DNA sequence similarities - and for that there is no
current solution. Simply supporting one classification (e.g chimpanzee)
would require suppression of the other (e.g. orangutan).

John Grehan

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