Response from NATURE
peterr at SOCRATES.BERKELEY.EDU
Fri Jun 14 11:57:48 CDT 2002
On Fri, 14 Jun 2002, Ron Gatrelle wrote:
H. Gee wrote
> "A: Nature is under no illusions about its status as a
> publisher of nomenclature per se. "
> It sure is under delusion as to their import and influence
> or they would not have done this. They are a self admitted
> non-player in the taxonomic world - that now wants to become
> a regulator. Perceived sphere of influence = illusion.
Again, the point is --Nature, and lots of other "people", are
CONSUMERS of the taxonomy/classification community's products
--always have been, but until recently the dollar-value of the
products have been modest (if one can say that about the value
of pest control, for example) compared to today's new and
extraordinarily promising (lucrative) use of taxonomy's and
The sphere is not one of influence, but one of "market".
Taxonomy/Classification has a whole new market out there begging
it for "product". Don't resent that; be thankful! And, respond
to the market place. If you don't like Nature's approach, then
build a better mousetrap.
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