How to be taxonomist in a non-taxonomic world?
Francis Dov Por
dovpor at NETVISION.NET.IL
Fri Jan 29 18:26:58 CST 1999
Thomas and all the concerned zoo-taxonomists!
YES, there are ways to save taxonomy. The euphemism "Taxonomic =
Impediment" is today the name of a UNESCO-recognised major problem.
One of the ways suggested is to make the use of "taxonomic services" =
mandatory for every monitoring and every ecological project. They are =
also wainting to hear from us what are the "critically despondent" taxa =
and where are the surviving centres of taxonomic knowledge.
At the XVIIIth ICZ in Athens (28 Aug.-2 Sept. 2000) there will be a =
plenary discussion on this subject. You can already visit our site:
and PARTICIPATE in the WebForum specifically dealing with this subject.
dovpor at netvision.net.il =20
From: Thomas Schlemmermeyer[SMTP:termites at usp.br]
Sent: 29 January 1999 14:37
To: Multiple recipients of list TAXACOM
Subject: How to be taxonomist in a non-taxonomic world?
Recently it was deplored: The gradual extinction of taxonomists. Often
the guilt has been put on the external conditions, no one dared to =
the taxonomists themselves for their tragedy.
However, science (in the world I lived so far, at least, i. e. Brazil =
Germany) is said to be hypotheto-deductive. The models and theories =
be widereaching, predictions always have to be made (even if their use =
in doubt),the results have to get in fast (for whatever they may
Taxonomy, however, needs patience and descriptive skills.
So, besides the self-regret and crying, are there any practical hints,
or suggestions, how to be a taxonomist in a primarily non taxonomic
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