This week’s lecture was called “The Literature of Natural History and the Idea of Evolution” by Tom Hothem. This lecture was dramatically different from last week’s because this lecture was just based on science rather than both science and religion. This lecture was mainly on classification and how humans distinguish different groups. There are two groups of classification: how we classify species and genus, and how we classify ourselves (gender, race, etc.). Humans tend to classify ourselves and everything around us but sometimes, things are misclassified. For example, when Christopher Columbus first discovered America he misclassified the Native Americans as Indians. After that, many people started calling the Native Americans Indians because of this misclassification.
In Core discussion this week, we did an interesting activity that involved classifying ourselves. We classified ourselves in various ways, such as skin tone, birthday, ethnicity, and height. This activity opened my eyes to all the different ways humans classify each other. Other classifications may be occupation, social status, and wealth. There are countless ways to classify each other. Even though we are all human beings, we still feel the need to classify ourselves. But, what is the point of this? Why do humans have the need to classify things? Do you think it is necessary for humans to classify themselves? In my opinion, classification among humans just causes segregation and racism since it draws attention to the differences every human being has. Do you think classification among humans can be dangerous?