[Taxacom] Read... and believe...
rogerhyam at mac.com
Mon Sep 7 03:55:48 CDT 2009
Thank you everyone for your interest in my blog and thanks Jim for
posting it to the list.
I didn't announce the blog to Taxacom myself as I thought it might
provoke a "response".
Here is the link to the post in case you have not followed this thread
from the start.
http://www.hyam.net/blog/archives/598 "Nomenclature is Dead! Long Live
I'll not respond to everyone in detail - I think most of the issues
have been covered before in numerous places. You could try this
posting (which I think may address Tony's points ) if you really must
read more and haven't read it already:
http://www.hyam.net/blog/archives/526 "Taxa, Taxon Names and Globally
Unique Identifiers in Perspective"
A world without taxon concepts also lacks synonymy.
If, for example, A is considered a synonym of B does that mean that we
can treat everything that has ever been labelled A as if it had been
labelled B? Most taxonomists will answer this question with "That
My contention is that if it depends on some ones opinion then it can't
be *reproduced* in the future when that person is dead. It can only be
approximated to. Which is fine but let us be honest about it.
I will really cherish Richard Petit's "truly pathetic piece of
verbiage" comment. I love it. It beats the "somewhat obscure" that
was my previous favourite - from a tutor some 20 years ago.
The fun bit is that people don't respond to "pathetic verbiage", they
tend to ignore it or laugh. I suspect, therefore, that I touch a nerve
with my comments - which was my evil intention.
I have updated that strapline on my blog to “truly pathetic verbiage”
is honour of this.
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