Sorting and Classifying: Borges

Some thoughts on this topic raised by the Wellcome Collection exhibition

  • The act of sorting and classifying feels like it is putting chaotic things into an order they were MEANT to be in – like tidying my desk
  • Actually, sorting and classifying IMPOSES a constructed order on things.

This fictional list of ways of classifying animals by Borges is very funny, and also very serious:

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestial_Emporium_of_Benevolent_Knowledge 

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