08 NOV 2013 by ideonexus

 Taxonomy of Email Chains

Family Pyramides This family is named for the pyramid scheme structure common to all members of the family. Each specimen in this family will include a list of addresses of its last 4 to 10 hosts, and instructs the current host to alter this list by adding his or her address to this list and removing the oldest address from it. Hosts are also directed to send a small sum of money to each name on the list. Family Petitiones Members of this family are characterized by the additional behaviou...
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Food for thought in considering a taxonomy of memes.

03 OCT 2013 by ideonexus

 Craft vs Industrial Tools

All of humanity's tool extensions are divisible into two main groups: the craft and the industrial tools. I define the craft tools as all those tools which could be invented by one man starting all alone, naked in the wilderness, using only his own experience and his own integral facilities. Under these isolated conditions he could and did invent spears, slings, bows, and arrows, etc. By industrial tools I mean all the tools that cannot be produced by one man, as for instance the S.S. Queen M...
Folksonomies: taxonomy tool use
Folksonomies: taxonomy tool use
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Interesting taxonomy. Crafts are things we can make by our naked selves in a forest, while industrials require another human to produce.

27 AUG 2012 by ideonexus

 An Early Passage on Taxonomy

NATURE, by descending gradually from great to small, from strong to weak, coun|terbalances every part of her works. Attentive solely to the preservation of each species, she creates a profusion of individuals, and supports by numbers the small and the feeble, whom she hath left unprovided with arms or with courage. She has not only put those inferior animals in a condition to perpetuate and to resist by their own numbers, but she seems, at the same time, to have afforded a supply to each by m...
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The ability to distinguish and categorize species based on more and more minute differences, and yet be able to group them into larger categories as well.

12 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Individuals VS Species

The assumptions of population thinking are diametrically opposed to those of the typologist. The populationist stresses the uniqueness of everything in the organic world. What is true for the human species,–that no two individuals are alike, is equally true for all other species of animals and plants ... All organisms and organic phenomena are composed of unique features and can be described collectively only in statistical terms. Individuals, or any kind of organic entities, form populatio...
Folksonomies: taxonomy perspective
Folksonomies: taxonomy perspective
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Species are classified according to a mean, the perspective is to ignore the variation within the species.

11 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Enquiry

How near one Species to the next is join'd, The due Gradations please a thinking Mind; and there are Creatures which no eye can see, That for a Moment live and breathe like me: Whom a small Fly in bulk as far exceeds, As yon tall Cedar does the waving Reeds: These we can reach—and may we not suppose There still are Creatures more minute than those.
Folksonomies: evolution poetry taxonomy
Folksonomies: evolution poetry taxonomy
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Creatures joined with gradations and wildly diverse.

09 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Brain Distinguishes Man from Other Mammals

In Man the brain presents an ascensive step in development, higher and more strongly marked than that by which the preceding subclass was distinguished from the one below it. Not only do the cerebral hemispheres overlap the olfactory lobes and cerebellum, but they extend in advance of the one, and further back than the other. Their posterior development is so marked, that anatomists have assigned to that part the character of a third lobe; it is peculiar to the genus Homo, and equally peculia...
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Proposing the name "Archencephala" to taxonomically distinguish it.

06 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Language is All About Classification

Man is a classifying animal: in one sense it may be said that the whole process of speaking is nothing but distributing phenomena, of which no two are alike in every respect, into different classes on the strength of perceived similarities and dissimilarities. In the name-giving process we witness the same ineradicable and very useful tendency to see likenesses and to express similarity in the phenomena through similarity in name.
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It follows that the more words a person learns, the more refined their ability to classify phenomena and objects.

30 MAY 2012 by ideonexus

 Taxonomy is About Connecting and Explaining Life

Taxonomy (the science of classification) is often undervalued as a glorified form of filing—with each species in its folder, like a stamp in its prescribed place in an album; but taxonomy is a fundamental and dynamic science, dedicated to exploring the causes of relationships and similarities among organisms. Classifications are theories about the basis of natural order, not dull catalogues compiled only to avoid chaos.
Folksonomies: evolution taxonomy
Folksonomies: evolution taxonomy
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Not just categorizing it.

13 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 The Bonds Revealed Through Taxonomy

From the most remote period in the history of the world organic beings have been found to resemble each other in descending degrees, so that they can be classed in groups under groups. This classification is not arbitrary like the grouping of the stars in constellations. The existence of groups would have been of simpler significance, if one group had been exclusively fitted to inhabit the land and another the water; one to feed on flesh, another on vegetable matter, and so on; but the case i...
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Darwin notes how the exercise of classification of species reveals connections to other living things.

17 MAR 2012 by ideonexus

 Shattered Glass as a Metaphor for Taxonomy

Let us suppose that we have laid on the table... [a] piece of glass... and let us homologize this glass to a whole order of plants or birds. Let us hit this glass a blow in such a manner as but to crack it up. The sectors circumscribed by cracks following the first blow may here be understood to represent families. Continuing, we may crack the glass into genera, species and subspecies to the point of finally having the upper right hand corner a piece about 4 inches square representing a sub-s...
Folksonomies: metaphor taxonomy
Folksonomies: metaphor taxonomy
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The smaller pieces you smash it into, the more specific the classification. TODO: I don't understand the "4 inches" part at the end concerning sub-species.