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  • How people naturally classify and reason about the organic world, distinct from scientific biology.

    "Humans everywhere classify animals and plants into obvious species-like groups...."

    Folk biology (Wikipedia)

    "The term "folkbiology" refers to people's everyday understanding of the biological world—how they perceive, categorize, and reason about living kinds. The study of folkbiology not only sheds light on human nature, it may ultimately help us make the transition to a global economy without irreparably damaging the environment or destroying local cultures."

    Folkbiology (MIT Press)

    July 7, 2015