paraplaying (and bullies)
jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Tue Apr 6 21:39:13 CDT 2004
At 21:20 2004-04-06, Ken Kinman wrote:
> Au contraire again. Paraphyletic groups were often schoolyard
> bullies in the past. Then came the strict cladists, the new schoolyard
> bullies that swung the pendulum too far the other way (a reactionary
> elimination of ALL paraphyly).
That's really easy for you to say, to divert attention away from your bullying.
> My recent classification of Diptera shows that the Kinman System
> can accomodate important intermediate taxa.
Your, your, your. The *Kinman* System. Important to *you*, and any taxa
that can't be accommodated are just the detritus of those strict cladists.
>I could certainly do this for Class Reptilia as well.
And it would still be a bully.
>My concern is how many such intermediate taxa would be optimal (resisting
>the cladistic temptation to keep formally oversplitting ad nauseum).
Some would content that the Archosauria is not an "intermediate" taxon.
>I am willing to compromise and be flexible,
No you are not. You have precluded a formal Archosauria.
>I am trying to create a bigger, more flexible, sandbox that we can all share.
As long as it follows your rules. Explain again why that isn't bullying?
>If I am a bully, it is nothing compared to the bullying strict cladists
>have done with their inordinate control of purse-strings and editorial
Yeah, let me whip out all my big fat grants.
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