Real Species

Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG
Thu Apr 15 10:52:21 CDT 2004

Figure it this way: A species is a standing wave of probability. Once you
use a species in some way (make a law that mentions it, base a biogeographic
theory on it), the standing wave collapses and you get a real species.

Maybe not quantum reality, but psychological reality.

Richard H. Zander
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-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Hyam [mailto:roger at HYAM.NET]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 3:15 AM
Subject: Re: [TAXACOM] Real Species

The answer is probably "Most species are real but you can't divide the
whole of diversity into species using a consistent set of criteria"

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