[Taxacom] serious questions about taxonomy and ontogeny

Neal Evenhuis neale at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Sep 13 23:46:08 CDT 2010

Interesting comparison.

Architects have building codes -- taxonomists have nomenclatural codes.
Architects rely on engineers -- taxonomists rely on physiologists and morphologists
Architects make big bucks -- taxonomists beg for big bucks
Architectural firms are run by partners -- taxonomic institutions are run by ... hey wait a minute ... there are no taxonomic institutions ....
From: Stephen Thorpe [stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz]
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 6:05 PM
To: Neal Evenhuis; Curtis Clark
Cc: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] serious questions about taxonomy and ontogeny

>I became an entomologist instead of an architect
Is there a difference?? Isn't taxonomy just building stuff??? :)

From: Neal Evenhuis <neale at bishopmuseum.org>
To: Curtis Clark <lists at curtisclark.org>
Cc: "taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Tue, 14 September, 2010 3:56:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] serious questions about taxonomy and ontogeny

At 5:21 PM -1000 9/13/10, Curtis Clark wrote:
>  On 9/13/2010 2:19 PM, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
>>  perhaps the answer to the problem is for universities to have Taxonomy
>>  Departments in their Arts Faculties! :)
>Our Art Department is in the College of Environmental Design, so that
>would somewhat close the loop.

... and as a former student of the then "School" of Environmental
Design at Cal Poly Pomona, I can vouch that our curriculum was heavy
on biological science courses ... and lo and behold, I became an
entomologist instead of an architect ....



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