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The Naming of Things

by Caroline on July 15, 2013, one comment

Scientific names of wildflowers at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX

Scientific names of wildflowers at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX

Why do we, as humans, have such an obsessional need to categorize and name things?

From the Linnaeus system for naming the living world, splitting it into genus and species, ignoring the interconnections of an ecosystem, to museum displays, to hashtags and metadata, we label everything.

Is it a way of gaining control over our environment? Or a desire to meet and come closer as Roger Deakin suggests?

Knowing their names, being formally introduced to them, seemed to bring me one step closer to them. It was like meeting people.
Roger Deakin, Wildwood

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