[Taxacom] This week's paraphyly discussions
jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Mon Dec 20 13:30:42 CST 2010
What's this 'lack of self awareness' Please give this some objective
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Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens John Grehan
Verzonden: ma 20-12-2010 16:50
> I guess one might regard 'natural' and any grouping
> that is accepted by an individual.
Yes, in practice "natural" means "conforming to my own nature"
/ "conforming to my own views". That is, to a taxonomist usually
the groups he accepts are 'natural', while those espoused by
others are not. Cladists do not differ in this respect:
their monophyletic / holophyletic groups are 'natural', while
groups accepted by non-cladists are not worth considering.
If there is a difference between cladists and non-cladists
it will be a tendency to a lack of self-awareness in the former.
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