blh74 wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:55 am
One thing is for sure here. If I do not know what a word is I look it up. You speak of classification taxonomy. So now I am more confused. Taxonomy is a branch of biology that classifies all living things. I learned something new today Thank you very much!
You might find that the word, not the field, "taxonomy" can be correctly applied to a classification strategy for non-living things. How granular are you with your bolt collection? Do length, girth, cap type, thread pitch each get a separate drawer or a separate cabinet? Another word that might be helpful for some of us to not take for granted is "variety." Maybe a trip to the grocery store.
Apples and oranges tend to be in the same aisle. Varieties of apples (McIntosh, Granny Jones) tend be be in adjacent bins. Same for oranges (Navel, Valencia). What about limes? Limes are in the aisle, but are limes a variety of apples or oranges? Are limes a fruit? Are limes and oranges, but not apples, a variety of citrus fruits? Why? Who decided? What were the arguments? You notice an orange on the floor. From the fruit aisle or the vegetable aisle? You decide to be a good patron and put it back in a bin. Which bin? The oranges in each bin kind of look the same. You first need to attribute it to determine the variety. Or call the manager. Or, send it to ANACS. Or, ask for a sticker.
For those who might have read the prior paragraph; there is an empty nest. It should be corrected unless it is a proactive placeholder. It is not. It is a brain fart. It should be killed. After intense study, and considerable expense, I determined that Granny Jones and Granny Smith are duplicates. Only one bin is warranted. But now I need to find two credible authorities who contradict each other on the attribution so that I can have a third authority kill Granny Jones. Truthfully, I have nothing against Granny Jones except that she never existed in the first place.
Figuring out the fruit aisle at the grocery store might be more difficult than LVA's taxonomy. But, less intimidating. I am truly amazed at what Van Allen and Mallis came up with as young men.