a pre-emptive plea (Re: Corals devastated in Caribbean)

Rowan Sage rsage at BOTANY.UTORONTO.CA
Tue Apr 4 15:31:38 CDT 2006

Dear All,

I plead guilty to being caught by the troller.

I agree with Doug's points that Taxacom should probably be reserved for
taxonomic discussions, and express my apologies for being a little

 However, as the die off in the Caribbean demonstrates, in the coming
years, there may not be wealth of species for the taxonomists to study.
As central players in the field of conservation biology, taxonomists
have to be engaged in the public debate or else we will have to cede the
argument to the like of George F Will who has other opinions about
climate change.  I might propose that the role of taxonomists in the
conservation of species and how to take this to the public should be an
acceptable agenda item for Taxacom.

Rowan Sage

Doug Yanega wrote:
> Rowan Sage wrote:
>> The obvious failure of the conservative political community,
>> particularly the religious right, to accept the realities of global
>> change science is probably one of the greatest ironies in this tragic
>> opera of global change.
> And in falling for Ken's bait (are you familiar with the term
> "troll"?), threatens to take this thread once more into the tiresome
> "politics of science vs. religion" debate which has already led
> numerous people to cancel their Taxacom subscriptions. If you want to
> discuss how this affects taxonomy, then fine, but if NOT, then
> PLEASE, take it elsewhere. Yes, it is a serious topic which does
> affect us all, but there ARE mailing lists for politics, mailing
> lists for religion vs. science, and mailing lists for global change.
> THIS mailing list has another focus.
> Sincerely,
> --
> Doug Yanega        /Dept. of Entomology         /Entomology Research
> Museum
> Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521-0314
> phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
>              http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/yanega.html
>   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
>         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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