Category Archives: Biology

Taxonomy and the scala naturae

Some time ago, I took to examining staples of Leibniz’s work at closer range.  Whilst I am greatly interested in analytic philosophy, logic, and other disciplines that contain (and have been shaped by) his ideas, I haven’t done too much … Continue reading

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Some minor concerns regarding the Ishihara Color Test

The Ishihara Color Test is a color perception test administered for the purpose of diagnosing red-green color deficiencies in patients.  Essentially, it consists of a set of colored plates, each of which contains a circle of variously colored dots – … Continue reading

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Thoughts about becoming a pre-med

I recently had an intriguing conversation with a friend regarding his wishing to become a pre-med.  Since an interesting happening that I alluded to in an earlier post, I’ve had several individuals ask questions about what precisely the pre-med and … Continue reading

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Hearing yourself think

Audition is defined as the ability to perceive sound via an organ (i.e., the ear).  This form of sensory perception can be summarized as such: vibrations are detected by the ear, and are transduced into nerve impulses that are then … Continue reading

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Life in terms of structures, functions, wholes, and parts

Life, as biologists have defined it, seems to stay true to two fundamental principles. Firstly, within a biological system, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Indeed, one would hope that a human being is considerably … Continue reading

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An ornithological attempt

I must have, at some point, mentioned that I love birding.  I can’t label my study of birds “ornithology” – whilst I am immensely drawn to such methods of analysis as those employed in the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, my desire to delve … Continue reading

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Valentine’s post-mortem

I have again been reading Anatomy Descriptive and Surgical, a text which has become almost a comfort item to me over the course of the last six years.  Affectionately termed Gray’s Anatomy, it was authored by Henry Gray; first published … Continue reading

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