[Taxacom] Read... and believe...

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Mon Sep 7 16:49:51 CDT 2009

>how far should taxonomy be influenced by bioinformatics
It shouldn't! The influence is the other way around! Bioinformatics compiles information together about what is happening in the world of taxonomy. Analogy: the news media reports (in part) on what people in the world are doing, but problems clearly arise when people in the world start doing things to give the media what they want!
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Dan Lahr [daniel.lahr at gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 8 September 2009 9:29 a.m.
To: Bob Mesibov
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Read... and believe...

Bob wrote:
" > I don't know how other Taxacomers feel about this, but I do
taxonomy for humans, not machines, and in my specialty that means
working very hard to produce good illustrations in the knowledge that
the humans most likely to read my papers couldn't care less whether
the text descriptions were machine-readable and machine-analysable."

Great point. Goes back to my original question on how far should
taxonomy be influenced by bioinformatics.


Daniel Lahr
PhD candidate
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
U Massachusetts- Amherst
319 Morrill Science Center, Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003


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