We’re used to measuring life in organisms. And mostly, organisms are treated as natural and absolute. But are they? Can indeed biosphere be unequivocally segregated into organisms, or are they merely an imaginary thing? A habit… A delicacy for thought 1: Every bacterial cell is an organism. Doesn’t it imply that every cell of a […]
Before we have shown how impossible it is to define species and draw borders between them. Now it is time to give detailed answers to some questions that our reader might have: Q: I thought that species is a group of organisms capable of interbreeding. Hence the borders between the species can be defined between […]
Before we start, allow me to remind you that evolution is possible when two characteristics are present in a population: inheritance and variation. Find out what they are. Now let’s see how it works. Six people at the table. One of the guys picks a sheet, writes nine digits and passes it around the table. […]
In the previous article I mentioned that all existing species theories are in fact fictional. But why exactly won’t they work? Where do they fail?
Long before biology was established as a science people have segregated biodiversity into “species”, “kinds”, “varieties”, “races” – whatever. The idea that there are natural groups within biodiversity unified by common traits has developed by itself. People actually wanted such groups: It’s functional. If there are kinds of “bears” and “deers”, it’s easier to coordinate […]
Today we will discuss the phenomenon of life from the most unusual perspective. We gonna count it!
One article ago I mentioned that evolution requires no proof. But since people love proof, I have decided to stop in detail on paleontological evidence.
Q: What proofs of evolution are there? I wish I could just answer in Bulgakov style: “There’s no need for any proofs”. Because it’s most true. Take every paleontological piece of evidence away, all knowledge of DNA, all observations – evolution’s still there. It’s just how our world works. Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except […]