Latin names versus scientific names [was: So much for nomenclatural stability]

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at WESLEYAN.EDU
Sun Mar 13 11:25:24 CST 2005

On 12 Mar 2005 at 21:21, Thomas Lammers wrote:
>> What is it about cladistics (and phylogenetics more broadly) that
>> turns people into savage beasts?
> Do you mean, what  gets non-cladists so sore at cladists?

No, I was thinking more generally.  Why were cladists so harshly
attacked in the beginning, why are they now doing the same things to non-
cladists, why do parsimonians so hate likelihoodists, etc., etc.  It
just seems like a much more angry field than most.

> I'll tell you: their insistence that unless you do things their way,
> you are not doing science.  That is the most awful imprecation one can
> hurl at a scientist -- that what you are doing is Not Science.  Nothing
> else could cut to the quick so terribly.

Okay, exactly who are you talking about?  The only people I hear like
that are those like Steve Farris and Kevin Nixon, whose opinions I have
a hard time taking seriously because they come off as rants.

Karl Magnacca, USGS-BRD
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