[Taxacom] Wrongly named by scientists
m.j.dallwitz at netspeed.com.au
Mon Jun 30 07:13:38 CDT 2008
Geoff Read wrote:
>> About a third of all types of fish and other marine life have been wrongly
>> named by scientists, complicating efforts to conserve what could be a
>> million marine species, experts said on Wednesday.
> Reuters staff, who transformed a positive press release into the more
> newsworthy negative, will shortly similarly revisit the wisdom of
> physicians, physicists, geographers, and chemists, etc of 250 years ago and
> make news out of the percentage of their work that is incorrect, no longer
> useful, or otherwise unusable today. Yeah right.
The difference is that other scientists don't spend a large part of their
time searching for, recording, analyzing, and republishing the mistakes of
the past. We might see a similar news article if a research organisation
makes a press release on advances in the chemistry of phlogiston.
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