Friday, May 18, 2007

The Deceptive Economy of Taxonomic Reclassification

If you made your way past the title, congratulations.

What is Economist.com doing publishing an article about Biological Taxonomy? Apparently scientists motivated by the politics of environmentalism are playing accounting games with the classification of species. I suppose where naturalists discount metaphysical epistemologies, they deem it perfectly ethical to infuse (and confuse) scientific discovery with considerations that have political goals.

On another note, I instruct my kids that biological taxonomy is helpful for identifying similar morphological traits, but the use of the phrase, "animal type x is related to animal type y," should not be confused with the purpose of naturalists to use morphological similarities to identify unproven genetic heritage between and above classification by family which indicate irreconcilable genetic dissimilarity despite common morphologies.

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