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John Wilkins has begun a series of posts on the ontology of biology, and if, as he waxes philosophic at Evolving Thoughts, it even exists given the underlying nature of biology -- change. He goes into what ontology is, how it should fundamentally (instead of practically) be used as a classification system for the "furniture of the world," and why it runs into problems when applied to the world of biology.

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