commercial taxonomy

Hugh Wilson wilson at BIO.TAMU.EDU
Wed Feb 17 07:53:32 CST 1999

It seems to me that consideration of the ethics involved with
*selling* scientific names at auction forces a distinction between
terms such as Patronomy and Partnership vs. others, such as
Prostitution and Pandering.

If systematic biology has been lowered to a position that forces
this type of activity, then I guess - with regard to the 'art of the
possible' - its an ethical path to follow.  Seems to me its a sad
comment and also, if it becomes 'accepted', another potential
spam-generating element for the nomenclatural system.

Hugh D. Wilson
Texas A&M University - Biology
h-wilson at (409-845-3354)

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