Comment on A new human taxonomy.

meika Sat, Dec 22, 2007
The Other Black Swan...

I had often, cowled in the slumbrous heavy air,
Closed my inanimate lids to find it real,
As I knew it would be, the colourful spires
And painted roofs, the high snows glimpsed at the back,
All reversed in the quiet reflecting waters—
Not knowing then that Durer perceived it too.
Now I find that once more I have shrunk
To an interloper, robber of dead men’s dream,
I had read in books that art is not easy
But no one warned that the mind repeats
In its ignorance the vision of others. I am still
The black swan of trespass on alien waters.

Despite humans more recent diversification, some due to spread and some due to Baldwinian Evolution, we'll remain one species even if from a strictly darwinian or linnaen point of view we are no longer. In fact, as we modify ourselves we will become one with all species, if we incorporate their genetic history that is, into our bodies, at which time, the history of evolution becomes a textual exegesis (pdf). This means the classification system is no longer a new taxonomy (minus a sense of historical developement) but a literary canon for the trads and a whole cesspool of genre fiction lables for the individends.

No, I have no idea what individend means either, I must be channeling it from the future as a black swan of trespass.

This weekend the tercentenary celebrations of Carl Linnaeus’ birth will come to an end in Sweden, and today his young descendent, Martin Nervall, will publicly defend his dissertation at Uppsala University. It deals with malaria, just as Linnaeus’ 1735 doctoral thesis did.

And check out the jpgs at the bottom of the page