[Taxacom] Why character-tracking doesn't happen?
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Sat Sep 13 09:28:34 CDT 2008
On 2008-09-12 09:23, Thomas G. Lammers wrote:
> No. I do not accept the "reality" of species. They are an aggregation of
> convenience. Even populations can be of dubious reality. The only reality
> is the individual.
Okay, that explains a lot. I suppose that makes the study of speciation
equivalent to the study of leprechauns.
But why stop with the individual in your reductionism? The only reality
is the quark...for now.
> Guess you've not worked with angiosperms, huh?
I have; I actually studied hybrid speciation, and thought that I could
distinguish it from lineage-splitting based on character distributions.
But then I guess all that is leprechauns.
> I don't think there is a better methodology than cladistics for answer
> relationship questions above the level of species.
If species aren't real, those questions are theological, not scientific.
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