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Old December 17th, 2013 #175
Alex Linder
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Here on Linnaeus, the Swede who created taxonomy - which some say, tho others disagree, is the first duty of the student of the world - to take inventory, essentially. And since no one has ever done that before -- even now, given that, as we learn in our other thread, some 18-20,000 new species are discovered each year -- to name each new species, and classify it in line with good sense - always understanding that these categories are man-imposed and not absolutes but useful divisions based on something other than mere opinion.

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/linnaeus.html

Notice the guy's father was a Lutheran pastor, and his parents were disappointed he wanted to make his own footsteps.

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