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sjef Tue, Dec 25, 2007
Thanks for the comments guys, I agree that 'taxonomy' may not necessarily be completely fitting, but it was the best term I could think of to illustrate the concept, and it provided definitions with which the various levels of differentiation before a split of species occurs could be described.

meika, your point regarding the incorporation of other species genetic histories is interesting, while I've considered chimeras & various modifications that could be derived from the animal world, I hadn't thought about them within the context of this post, and how those features would tie back into (or completely defeat) the taxonomic tree.

FrankLloydWrong, that Nassim Taleb seems to be a pretty interesting dude, I only wiki'd him, but that turned up some good quotes. As far as predicting the future goes, I think it's a healthy exercise, you just can't assume you're going to be right. I could go on about the value of failed future predictions for a while, but that probably warrants its own post...