[Taxacom] Pop article on taxonomy's decline

John Grehan jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Wed Jan 26 19:25:24 CST 2011


Soi if the money goes to, say evolutionary systematics or phenetic
systematics its ok?
 
John Grehan

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From: Stephen Thorpe [mailto:stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 6:15 PM
To: John Grehan; TAXACOM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Pop article on taxonomy's decline


then let me be more precise, and less bizarre: if funding that should be
going to basic taxonomy (the basis for cladistics, etc., etc.) goes to
cladistics instead, then cladistics is an "enemy of taxonomy", almost
literally "mugging it". Cladistics in itself, and in its place, with
appropriately divied up funding with basic taxonomy is fine, but that
don't seem to be the way things are ...


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From: John Grehan <jgrehan at sciencebuff.org>
To: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Thu, 27 January, 2011 10:54:53 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Pop article on taxonomy's decline

Saying that cladistics is an enemy of taxonomy seems to me to be
bizarre, to say the least. I'm labeled as a cladist, so how am I an
enemy of taxonomy?

John Grehan

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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Stephen Thorpe
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 4:27 PM
To: TAXACOM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Pop article on taxonomy's decline

I don't think that the right enemy has been identified here ... I don't
blame 
bioinformatics for the decline of taxonomy (if anything, it is a covert
way of 
diverting some funding back to taxonomy, funding that would otherwise be

swallowed up by the real enemies: cladistics and molecular biology)

the real "children" are frantic to "climb trees" and play computer games
...

Stephen





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From: Bob Mesibov <mesibov at southcom.com.au>
To: TAXACOM <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Thu, 27 January, 2011 9:35:38 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] Pop article on taxonomy's decline

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/extinction-of-taxonomists/

Quote:
"The millions of dollars spent globally on technology to catalog species
may 
actually be pushing out the people we rely upon: taxonomists and
systematists. 
We're like young children frantic to add new baseball cards to our
collections, 
while the actual creators of the baseball cards themselves are
vanishing."

Nice to see that message getting out to a wider audience.
-- 
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
Ph: (03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
Webpage: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/?articleID=570

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