[Taxacom] Position Announcement

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Tue Oct 30 13:10:52 CDT 2007

Hi John,

Even though I quietly root for you from the sidelines in your campaign of
"molecules don't tell the whole story" (or, as I would put it "we don't know
enough about molecules yet to read the whole story from them"); in the
interest of fairness, I have to ask in the context of your comment:

> Presumably not just from the molecular perspective?

If the position announcement was for a morphological phylogeneticist, would
you also jump in and comment, "Presumably not just from the morphological
perspective?" My hunch is, you would probably not (indeed, I bet you'd get
your pom-poms out the way I sometimes do on this list).

I don't know why I'm writing this -- maybe just a bit ornery from
insufficient sleep last night.  But I guess my point is that the same
rationale that would cause one to presume "not just" one line of evidence
should work both ways.  Personally, I have no problem with studies that
involve only one kind of evidence or the other -- as long as the conclusions
recognize the limitations.  Studies that involve a concordance of both kinds
of evidence are better, of course (well...usually, anyway...) -- but if
you're going to condone studies involving only one kind of evidence, you
should also be prepared to condone those involving only the other kind of

Cantankerous from Kaneohe,

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