[Taxacom] New Cladistics program?
rjensen at saintmarys.edu
Fri Feb 29 09:04:07 CST 2008
Thanks, Curtis. I was at a loss but what you have described makes good
This may provide a better understanding on saltation - evolutionary
leaps that are made possible by Riemannian bridges or wormholes.
Eventually we may be able to go "Back to the Past" as well as the Future.
Richard Jensen, Professor
Department of Biology
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Curtis Clark wrote:
> On 2008-02-25 11:52, Richard Jensen wrote:
>> I am proofreading a paper and came across this line:
>> "Phylogenetic analyses were performed with PHYLIP, the Phylogeny
>> Interference Package, using Maximum Parsimony (MP)."
>> Could this be a Hennigian slip? Or, can software really interfere with
>> our understanding of what's going on?
> No, it means "interference" in the physics sense. Each character has a
> phylogenetic signal. Combining those signals as if they were wave forms
> results in some nodes being amplified and others being canceled out.
> This method is criticized by proponents of Quantum Phylogeny, who assert
> that phylogenies are best characterized as streams of particles rather
> than as waves.
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