[Taxacom] More precise sound bite

Mike Dallwitz m.j.dallwitz at netspeed.com.au
Fri Mar 27 23:24:10 CDT 2009

Mario Blanco wrote:

> This discussion is getting too long and going nowhere. Although it should 
> be obvious, no one in this thread has recognized that classifications are 
> mere instruments with no existence outside of the human mind. There is no 
> absolute superior classification. It's all dependent of what your 
> particular needs are.

I tried to point this out (perhaps too obliquely) in a short posting on 17 

"What do we want [a classification] to _achieve_? General predictivity? 
Providing convenient names for things we want to talk about?"

There were no responses. Perhaps the general opinion is that an argument is 
more entertaining if you don't define what you are arguing about.

> To say "my classification is better than yours" is merely a matter of 
> opinion

Not necessarily, provided that you specify the criteria for evaluating the 

Mike Dallwitz
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