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Stop Making Stupid Lists!

Jan 28, 2008, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hans Bezemer)

[ Thanks to Hans Bezemer for this link. ]

"Having had a scientific education I know something about the basic problems of classification. You're facing this enormous variation of a real life population and now you have to recognize and define properties, devise some way to measure them and then group them together in a way that not only makes sense, but gives you some useful insight in the world you're trying to analyse. So welcome to the wonderful world of taxonomy! Originally the term taxonomy referred to the classifying of living organisms; however, the term is now applied in a wider, more general sense and now may refer to a classification of things, as well as to the principles underlying such a classification.

"Talking of classifying living organisms, one of the most well known people in this field is Linnaeus..."

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