Thursday 8 March 2012

Thursday Thought: Body of Knowledge

Anyone see Chris' tweet showing a visual representation of the six kingdoms?

It kinda put us into a little perspective, like the pale blue dot.

What it immediately remind me of was a creation of Matt Might:
I would confidently suggest that circular family tree - I'm sure there's a fancier name - is representative of hundreds or even thousands of PhDs. Apparently there are ~3000 species in the tree.

Incorporate this body of knowledge with those boundaries it shares with physics, geology, paleontology etc... you have the a predictive scientific theory, such as the Theory of Evolution.

And to think what I do from day to day, I wouldn't get past the middle of the red, depending on how we compare academics to those in the field.

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