The nature of cladistics [...]

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Mon Nov 22 08:17:01 CST 2004

pierre deleporte wrote:

> No evolutionary systematicians, no phylogenies.

I see this as the same kind of philosophical question as "If a tree falls in
the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make any noise."

IF one accepts the tenets of evolutionary theory, then phylogenies exist
whether or not there are systematists to ponder the mysteries of the proccesses
that gave rise to them.  I would modify Pierre's statement this way "No
evolutionary systematists, no phylogenetic hypotheses."

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