[Taxacom] The challenge of explaining well

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Mon May 22 09:35:06 CDT 2006

I prefer to think of John Grehan's messages as poor explanations. John
evidently revels in controversy, and perhaps sees an end to it if the
problems are clarified. I do. Re "Darwinism", there are plenty of papers
on the neutral or nearly neutral theories that demonstrate considerable
evidence that selection may not be a major player in evolution. On the
other hand, many other papers demonstrate the role of selection in
specific cases, e.g., nonsynonymous and synonymous codons. So there is
some balance in processes going on out there, and people are working on
it. Crafting nasty objurgations is not work, fellows.

Richard H. Zander
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-----Original Message-----
From: John Grehan [mailto:jgrehan at sciencebuff.org] 
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 8:58 AM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] chimp-human interbreeding & fuzzy origins?

I now have a copy of the paper thanks to a kind contributor to the list
- who did make the observation that "On the other hand, most of what you
write on this listserver also is garbage.  Unfortunately, it is
unrefereed." Yes, the characterization I made could just as well be
thrown back at me on my perspective. Although on this matter there have
already been quite a few other web commentaries also very critical of
the interbreeding theory. In the end, garbage or not, the matter will
likely resolve around the facts we accept and the assumptions we make.


Dr. John R. Grehan
Director of Science and Collections
Buffalo Museum of Science1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14211-1193
email: jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Phone: (716) 896-5200 ext 372 

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