[Taxacom] Lumping and Splitting
barry_roth at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 6 13:58:26 CDT 2007
This may be related to what David Mamet pointed out about writers (in "Bambi vs. Godzilla"): "At twenty [the writer] is interested only in sex, at thirty in sex and money, at forty in money and sex, at sixty in money and validation." Granting taxonomic importance to observed differences, even ones first observed early in one's career -- that is, splitting -- may be a way of validating the enterprise. Scratching "I was here!" on the cave wall.
(who has a lot of new species to describe before the candle gutters and goes out)
"Beach, James H" <beach at ku.edu> wrote:
... "Splitting tends to be accentuated by age, a characters of
the malaise being that the sufferer seldom admits that he is a
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