Traits and/or states

cholewa chole001 at UMN.EDU
Tue Nov 4 08:15:54 CST 2003

Okay points well taken.  However, if we are teaching about the philosophy of
science and/or logical communication, then the distinction between
observations of objects and communication of those observations via object
properties are important.  But if we are teaching about organismal phylogeny
I see no reason why shortcuts (using characters and states) cannot be
utilized effectively.  Such shortcuts are common throughout science -- after
all the scientific name was (and remains) a shortcut for the multi-worded
observations initially used by Linnaeus.


Anita F. Cholewa, Ph.D.
Curator of Temperate Plants
J.F. Bell Museum of Natural History
University of Minnesota
St. Paul  MN  55108  USA

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