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I wonder how much Mr. taxonomy, Carl von Linné, and his book Systema Naturae played a role in establishing Western science's perpetual insistence on both ethnocentrism and anthropocentrism. His taxonomic hierarchy with the prototypical so-called enlightened, Christian 'Western man' on top objectified and categorized all that is below.

I speculate this contributed to roots of racism in American geography and the beginnings of 'big data' in 1790 as part of the first U.S. Census. https://interplace.io/p/the-us-census-mapping-a-sense-of

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