Are species real?

Don.Colless at CSIRO.AU Don.Colless at CSIRO.AU
Tue Apr 11 14:53:58 CDT 2006


Anyone silly enough to get involved in this thread will soon find himself arguing about the meaning of "real" - and, in due course, about the meaning of "meaning". Beware.


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Subject:             Re: Are species real?
On 2006-04-10 11:31, Richard Pyle wrote:
> I don't buy the argument that the
> existence of quantifiable character clusters means that species are
> "real" -- for either plants or animals.

If species aren't real, then how can phylogenies be real? And if
phylogenies aren't real, isn't evolution just population genetics?

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