[Taxacom] More precise sound bite

Dick Jensen rjensen at saintmarys.edu
Sun Mar 29 09:54:48 CDT 2009


I never wrote that, to paraphrase your words, "all cladists are proponents of Phylocode."  All that I wrote was that there is a link (a rather obvious one at that) connecting cladistics and Phylocode.  

Besides, I doubt that ALL who took part in the Inquisition were either Christian or Catholic and, as you note, it is illogical to suggest that all Christians and Catholics supported the Inquisition (just as it is illogical to suggest that all self-professed (or even closet) cladists support Phylocode.  But, there is clearly a link connecting the Inquisition to both Christianity and Catholicism. 

Dick J 

Richard Jensen, Professor
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Saint Mary's College
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----- Original Message -----
From: Curtis Clark <jcclark-lists at earthlink.net>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Sent: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 22:55:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] More precise sound bite

On 2009-03-27 10:52, Dick Jensen wrote:
> It is you who is denying reality.  The reality is that proponents of
> Phylocode developed their ideas in the context of cladistic
> classification.  There is no other method of classification used to
> justify phylocode or providing the foundation on which the principles
> of Phylocode are based.  

It is also true that all the members of the Spanish Inquisition were 
Catholics. The inquisitors developed their ideas (although not their 
methods) in the context of Catholic Christianity. There was no other 
religion used to justify the Inquisition or to provide a foundation for 
the aims of the Inquisition.

Should we assume that all Christians or even all Catholics share the 
aims and viewpoints of the Inquisition? I don't think so.

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