There can be only one

Bill Shear wshear at EMAIL.HSC.EDU
Thu Apr 5 11:20:24 CDT 2001

Curtis Clark wrote:

>  To declare that Phylocode must be abandoned because
the Linnaean system is better is as tyrannical as the opposite. The only
reasons they can't coexist are reasons of personality, not of logic.

The reason they can't coexist is because to have two mutually
incompatable systems of nomenclature would create endless confusion.
If we followed your "logic" then it would be perfectly acceptable for
every taxonomist to have his own idiosyncratic system of
nomenclature.  Since Phylocode is the new proposal, it has a case to
make.  And it isn't making it.

Bill Shear
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