[Taxacom] Objective synonyms?
jim.croft at gmail.com
Mon May 31 18:54:11 CDT 2010
fair go mate... bringing the bioinformaticians into the debate is the
*only* way it can be solved... :)
bioinformaticians, in particular those struggling to combine botanical
and zoological (and other) nomenclators in pursuit of global harmony
and world peace in biodiversity data are the *only* ones who know what
is *really* going on.
they have analyzed the crap out the taxonomic process, they know where
all the bodies are buried and they know exactly who is and isn't doing
what, with which and to whom... and it is not a pretty sight... :)
(it turns out we are all doing more the same thing, we just emphasize
different aspects and document it differently... or so they tell
you were right first time - if you want to know how
nomenclature/taxonomy works, don't ask a taxonomist, because they are
bioinformaticians of the world... c'mon down...
On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 8:46 AM, Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org> wrote:
>> This causes some divergence between what bioinformaticians
>> and the ICZN mean by certain terms
> Would everyone *please* stop bringing "bioinformaticians" into this debate?
> (Stephen isn't the only culprit -- I actually agree with much of what he's
> been trying to say on this topic.) In my experience, the
> "bioinformaticians" are *WAY* ahead of the non-informatically-inclined
> taxonomists in understanding the different terminology -- both between the
> Codes and among different practitioners within each Code; and also in
> understanding the implications of these differences for issues both
> nomenclatural and taxonomic.
> There is no divergence between bioinformaticians and the ICZN. The
> divergence is between zoologists and botanists (mostly), within & among
> zoologists (secondly), and within & among botanists (to a lesser extent).
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