Re: Taxonomy and speciation

From: Kenneth Van Oost (
Date: Tue Nov 20 2001 - 16:29:20 GMT

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Philip A.E. Jonkers <>
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    Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2001 2:06 AM

    Hi Philip,
    You wrote,
    > Thus our tradition of taxonomy, though being well-designed for labeling
    > fixed entities, falls somewhat short when trying to label dynamically
    > evolving entities.

    << Do you think so !? Don 't you think we evolved memetically along with
    the notion of labeling. That in a way the meaning of " dog " is extented
    what !? That, if we speak about a dog that we still automatically imagine
    what a dog is, but with the notion, in the back of our head, that there are
    more than one species !
    Only than during conversation we can specify the kind of dog we are
    talking about.

    You mean in a way, that we can 't talk in specific terms about the dog
    we own !? That we speak in general terms and not about " well, my pit-
    bull; my pekinese; my sheepdog;..." , or not about " my Ford, my VW;
    my BMW;... but about ' my car ' !?
    But would it be a problem if species would only exist in our heads !?
    After all, talking would specify the things we were dicussin '.

    You are probably right, but I don 't see the problem if we now force
    the notion of specification upon nature or not. It all comes, in the end,
    down, to the ways we speak and interpretate.
    If you call that an artifact, no problem.
    But it is like you said, only in the realm of language if would make a



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