"It has taken biologists some 230 years to identify and describe three quarters of a million insects; if there are indeed [as estimated] at least thirty million, then...insect taxonomists have ten thousand years of employment ahead of them. ... A complete list of plants in the Americas would occupy taxonomists for four centuries, again working at historical rates."--Paleontologist Richard Leakey and anthropologist Roger Lewin.
(As this is supposed to be a political/critical sort of blog, devoted to decrying, deploring and denouncing--and, on occasion, lamenting, bewailing and bemoaning, I suppose I should ask: Have those scientists taken into account the galloping rate of species extinctions? After all, we could save the trouble of counting all those species by just, you know, killing them.)
(Then again: While those taxonomists may have centuries or millennia of work ahead of them, I don't know where they're going to do it, because the world doesn't have that long ahead of it; the End of Days, Tribulation, Armageddon, Rapture, Second Coming, and Judgment Day--not necessarily in that order--are only...let me check my calendar...1,867 days away. [Other, cop-out sources say "at an hour and a day that no man expects"; but definitely within our lifetimes. The main debate seems to be whether the Rapture occurs at the beginning of the Tribulation or the end. (Personally, I think it comes after the Seduction and Erection and before the Consummation, which is followed of course by the Resurrection and Repenetration.) Countless websites explore this issue. Websites that are as the grains of sand in the desert.])