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NAMING NATURE: The Clash Between Instinct and Science

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

New York Times "Science Times" writer Yoon debuts with a wondrous history of taxonomy—the science of ordering and naming living things—and how it has disconnected us from the natural world.As she lucidly describes how different cultures have named plants and animals through history, the author uncovers the sharp disjuncture between folk taxonomy—the similar, appearance-based ways in which ... Read full review

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User Review  - cbjorke - LibraryThing

Whatever editor though up that dumb subtitle should be sent back to the mail room for reeducation. There is no clash in this book between science and instinct. Instinct is not even mentioned. What ... Read full review

Naming nature: the clash between instinct and science

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Yoon, a New York Times science journalist, writes about the human need to name and classify living things in our perceived world-she uses the term umwelt (from the German Umwelt, enivronment) to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leeleelittle - LibraryThing

they mention in the book that umwelt is an individual's innate classification system.....wouldn't that be considered instinct? ps: fantastic book Read full review


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