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Mike B in OKlahoma



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:43 am    Post subject: E.O. Wilson: Bugs essential to civilization! Reply with quote

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/29/AR2007062902334.html?hpid=moreheadlines

You may have to do a free registration to view the above (interesting!) article.

As an aside, the article mentions that this is the 250th anniversary of Linnaeus (spell?) inventing the species classification system we still use today.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I can relate to this, somehow. If I have to bury a fish (from my garden pond) in our garden, it takes about 2 or 3 weeks after the funeral until everything - really everything – is gone. Not even the smallest fishbone is left. This shows me how active this “hidden” life is.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carl von Linné (latinized to Linnaeus, as was usual in science in those days) invented the binomial system of classification which simplified botany that previously had much longer supposedly descriptive but cumbersome latin names:-

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/linnaeus.html

In fact he published his binomial system in 1753, so 2003 was the 250th anniversary of his system. This year is in fact the 300th anniversary of his birth and next year will be the 230th anniversary of his death.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveW wrote:

In fact he published his binomial system in 1753, so 2003 was the 250th anniversary of his system. This year is in fact the 300th anniversary of his birth and next year will be the 230th anniversary of his death.



Embarassed Teach me to depend on what the article says! Embarassed Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next year will be the 250th aniversary of Linnaeus use of binomial nomenclature for fauna, so that is perhaps where the confusion arose? Binomial nomenclature for flora started 5 years earlier.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you would want to hear what E.O. Wilson has to say on this, watch this TED Prize winning lecture given by E.O.Wilson on TED Talks Surprised

E. O. Wison, TED Talks

This is really good, I am sure those of you who watch and listen to it will enjoy. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Ken, I'll give it a listen.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for providing these links to material on E. O. Wilson. Thanks in particular for this footage I didn´t know, Ken!

Edward O. Wilson is a great man, very likeable and an excellent scientist, one of the greatest living biologists. Once I had the pleasure to see him and listen to him when he was in Germany a couple of years ago. I will never forget this event. After his speech during the reception he stood aside a bit, and accidentally I almost bumped into him on my way to the toilet Shocked Anxious Embarassed.
He seemed to recognize my embarrassment and smiled.Very Happy
I still regret that I didn´t have one of his books with me which I could have asked him to sign.

I very much recommend reading Prof. Wilson´s books!

Here is another, more personal interview:
http://www.seedmagazine.com/news/2006/10/the_synthesizer_a_seed_video_p.php

Hope you enjoy!

Best wishes,
Betty
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An excellent interview -- thanks for posting the link, Betty!

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