[Taxacom] Lumping and Splitting

Susan Farmer sfarmer at goldsword.com
Thu Sep 6 14:04:03 CDT 2007

Quoting Barry Roth <barry_roth at yahoo.com>:

> 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.

Or perhaps it's the seasoned realization that those "trivial  
differences" weren't trivial after all!

Susan Farmer
sfarmer at goldsword.com
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Division of Science and Math

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