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current scholarship seems to favor a hierarchical relationship between pokémon types and the classical elements gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/9 although even this author finds that one type ("normal") can't fit into this taxonomy, and I'm inclined to think there's a many-to-many relationship wherein some types belong to more than one classical element and others may fall altogether outside of the classical conception altogether

@aparrish I think that poison as water is contentious as best and that the introduction of fairy helps the argument that grass, poison, fairy represent their own category

@aparrish also having trouble believing psychic, ghost, and dark aren't of a type

initial type thoughts 

@aparrish
normal
fighting
flying

ground
rock
steel

psychic
ghost
dark

bug
grass
poison
fairy

undecided how I want to handle these:
fire
electric
dragon
water
ice

@aparrish To me the numerology of (4x4)+1 types is suggestive of a primary/secondary element structure (Earth/Earth, Earth/Fire....)

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