[Taxacom] Position Announcement

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Tue Oct 30 14:00:01 CDT 2007

Hi Richard,

> Some of this is moot. It takes the weighing of two different 
> studies, in the marketplace of ideas, for a choice to be made 
> by peers. We cannot ignore molecular systematics and 
> "tree-thinking" but its fusion with traditional systematics 
> is stymied by the gimmicks of monophyly and no surviving 
> ancestors, 

If by "traditional systematics" you mean "Linnaean Nomenclature", then I'm
with you 100% on this.

> and especially the now almost universal practice 
> that statistical analysis of a data set can result in near 
> statistical certainty while a host of assumptions remain 
> unchallenged or unrecognized.

No matter what you meant by "traditional systematics", I'm with you 100% on
this one!


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