Systematics is organizing a large multitude of “objects” into subsets, for convenience or solving some task. There are many ways to achieve this: a lot of them can be found in mathematics and programming.
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 […]
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!