[Taxacom] eol in nyt

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Fri Sep 7 19:43:15 CDT 2007

I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.  I think, as Wilson's quote
implies, that projects like EoL (and GBIF,a nd others) will help those of us
who spend time in the field hunting for new species. And, in turn (as well
as through other avenues), will directly benefit the real world of
disappearing biodiversity. Ten times faster?  I doubt it -- but the power of
public awareness can do amazing things sometimes.

My comment about fallacy is in response to earlier critics who asked, "Why
not just spend the money directly on supporting taxonomy?"  My response to
that question (even if it were an option... which, as I said, is fallacy) is
detailed here:



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Mesibov [mailto:mesibov at southcom.com.au] 
> Sent: Friday, September 07, 2007 1:45 PM
> To: TAXACOM; deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] eol in nyt
> Richard Pyle wrote:
> "And the notion that the money that is to be spent on EoL 
> being redirected to fieldwork or other areas that we perceive 
> as higher priority is, as far as I understand it, pure fallacy."
> It sure is. EOL money will be spent indoors. Now read again 
> what Wilson wrote for the general public:
> "[EOL] should make it possible to discover the remaining 90 
> percent of species in far less than 250 years, perhaps only 
> one-tenth that time, a single human generation", and "[EOL] 
> will accelerate the discovery of the unknown species".
> Whether or not you believe that EOL and other compilation 
> projects will be of enormous or only limited benefit, none of 
> them connect to the real world of disappearing biodiversity, 
> despite the hype.
> --
> Dr Robert Mesibov
> Honorary Research Associate, Queen Victoria Museum and Art 
> Gallery and School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
> Contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
> (03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
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> Tasmanian multipedes
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