[Taxacom] Sorry, but you are out-of-line
xelaalex at cox.net
Sat Nov 13 16:07:59 CST 2010
I spent many years on various international organizations and committees.
And while I frequently disagreed with my colleagues, I never publically
attacked their intelligence and merely accepted that we had different
paradigms or view points.
I am sorry, but you owe Steve an apology.
a former ICZN Commissioner / ICZN editorial member / etc.
From: Stephen Gaimari
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 2:12 PM
To: Doug Yanega ; TAXACOM at MAILMAN.NHM.KU.EDU ; iczn-list at afriherp.org
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] FW: ICZN procedure question
>This is precisely the kind of thing that makes me saddest of all; a
>perfectly reasonable, respectable person who should be on our side,
>but has so completely missed the fundamental argument that they
>resist - and in doing so, may convince *others* to resist.
Now wait just a minute Doug. You are an ICZN Commissioner and you are saying
such things? Are you suggesting that your colleagues who don't agree with
you are unreasonable and unrespectable? Do you really think people don't
*get* the fundamental argument? Guess what? People do get the fundamental
argument, and some disagree with your and others conclusions and point of
view. I am disturbed that you now use such rhetoric of which "side" one is
on - this to me does not bode well for any upcoming discussions among
Commissioners on this issue, as there now seems to be this fractionated
us-versus-them mentality. I just hope that the Commissioners are carefully
considering what the majority of their constituency are saying. We are all
on the "side" of zoological taxonomy - that is where our passion and our
loyalty lay. Your emotional state is irrelevant to what is best for zoology.
You seem to think that disagreement is somehow personal - it is the farthest
thing from personal. Some people just do not see the world as you see it,
and they are perfectly reasonable and respectable people.
Not quoting the section, but the whole money under the mattress versus bank
analogy falls apart right away. Publishing on paper is nothing like putting
money under the mattress, and e-only publication is nothing like putting
money in the bank. These two things could not be farther from each other is
trying to work an analogy.
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