[Taxacom] FW: formation of zoological names with Mc, Mac, et

dipteryx at freeler.nl dipteryx at freeler.nl
Sat Sep 5 01:27:33 CDT 2009

Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens Stephen Thorpe
Verzonden: za 5-9-2009 7:10

> [...] This is fine, except that it does pose something of a problem
> to the prospects of automated databases. Because of the nature of a
> machine, it will require a single, perfectly spelled out 
> disambiguation of the Code ...

Again, the reversal! The problem is not with the Code, but with 
the database. Your approach keeps reminding me of the aforism:
"Man, the only creature intelligent enough that the purpose of 
evolution is the computer"

I quite admired the post of Richard Pyle in response to Roger Ham's
blog, emphasizing that bioinformatics should have the intent to help
rather than to take over:
"I think that the purpose of taxonomy is to produce a system that
people can actually use to *communicate with each other*."


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