Even if you don’t align yourself with the type-A, obsessive-compulsive personality type, you still like to organize things. Your brain does, anyway. The human brain has evolved to name, analyze, and categorize the objects of our environment in which we interact. This helps us to quickly recall if we have seen the object before and if we consider it a good thing.
If you have ever taken a Biology course at UDM (especially Dr. Andrezjak’s Biology II course), you have an appreciation for the naming and classifcation system of biologists! There are just so many names and species that it is impossible to keep organized without this rigid system of classification.
But now that we are discovering more creatures and are beginning to classify items based on molecular differences, science is approaching a new problem: we’re all out of names! Consider all of the variations of the flu. Epidemiologist spend years tracking the history and recurrence rates of each flu virus just to concoct the flu virus for one year. Sometimes they hit the mark, an sometimes biology throws us for a loop, but you can rest assured that the “loop” is only a difference of a few base-pairs.
Thankfully, Boris Vanatzer of Virginia Tech “proposed a biological naming system based on the genetic sequence of each organism” (Barlow, 2014).
Follow this link for an exciting explanation of what’s in a name: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/vt-vts022014.php