Monthly Archives: July 2014

Nonhuman Gardeners (ants, for instance…)

When looking for culture among nonhumans, it’s not “meaning” that matters so much but the capacity to care for (to domesticate) other species: to render them plastic and mutable, rather than the fixed types we often imagine natural objects to … Continue reading

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Barcoding Speices, Part II

DNA barcoding highlights the variety of ways we bunch and characterize species—“disease vector species,” “invasive” and “conservation” species, as well “provisional” or “vouchered” species and “cryptic species complexes.” The first set of these labels reflects distinct interests and concerns as … Continue reading

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Barcoding Species

The philosophical conundrums presented by the concept of species are immense, offering an expanse of theoretical and methodological controversies entailed by identifying species—either classifying “new” ones or locating existing ones amidst mutable taxonomical criteria and schemas. Much of this complexity … Continue reading

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