We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]

The Encyclopedia of Life

If you have even the slightest interest in nature or biology, you will love The Encyclopedia of Life. It is an attempt to put all the world’s taxonomy data in one easily searched location. Presumably they will one day attach the full genome of each critter as well!

Oh how I wish I had this available when I was a kid. I knew just about everything that walked, crawled, slithered, swam or flew in Western Pennsylvania and was working away at the rest of the world when I was 14 or so!

3 comments to The Encyclopedia of Life

  • Damn, I had forgotten this existed.

    Thank you Dale.

  • When I was 15, if I wanted to know something, I had access to the contents of a couple of relatively poor libraries (containing books that dealt with subjects superficially and which were often out of date), and a few schoolteachers, many of who had an attitude of “You don’t need to know that. It won’t be in the test”. Given just how voracious was my desire to learn stuff when I was that age, this was intensely frustrating, although perhaps I didn’t realise how frustrating at the . Fifteen year olds today can pursue their curiousity pretty much to the limits of human knowledge if they wish. For those who are that way inclined this must be extraordinary, although I suspect that they mostly think that this is just the way it is, and don’t realise how different it was for those who came before them.

  • CJF

    Thank you ! Very good link. Hadn’t “been there” before