First International Phylogenetic Nomenclature Meeting, Paris 2004

Ron at Ron at
Thu Jul 3 02:25:07 CDT 2003

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason Mate" <jfmate at HOTMAIL.COM>
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 1:43 AM
Subject: Re: First International Phylogenetic Nomenclature Meeting, Paris

> Dear all,
> " Papers presented at the meeting will be assembled into a
> symposium volume whose publication will coincide with the implementation
> of the PhyloCode."
> Does this mean that PhyloCode is THE new universal code or the organisers
> are hoping that a big hoopla will convince others to accept it?

Silence is agreement.  If those groups not in favor of, or opposed to,
Phylocode do not explicitly and publicly renounce the implied or direct
claim by PhyloCode that it is The new and universal Code, then others
(agencies, governments, etc.) have no reason to not consider it as such.
Phylocode is wise to have taken an aggressive approach.   Tyrants usually
receive too little resistance and too late.  By the time the majority
decides to take a strong enough stand too much ground will have already
been lost.  Civilized men, gentlemen, always make the same mistake.  They
consider reason and diplomacy as a first option - not forceful action.
Nice guys really do finish last in everything that requires strong play.

Ron Gatrelle

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