[Taxacom] dinosaurs and wolves

Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhugh at nhm.org
Wed Oct 3 19:24:39 CDT 2012

I deny that our goal is to get 'trees.' Per the goal of science, we seek 
causal understanding of the phenomena we encounter. Vague understanding, 
sensu 'trees', isn't much of an accomplishment. ...K

On 10/3/2012 5:17 PM, John Grehan wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM, Kirk Fitzhugh <kfitzhugh at nhm.org 
> <mailto:kfitzhugh at nhm.org>> wrote:
>     Hi Pierre,
>     Cladograms are nothing more than abstract devices that imply very
>     vague
>     causal accounts of character origin/fixation in ancestral populations
>     and subsequent population splitting events. 
>  But perhaps no more 'vague' than any other tree building device?
> John Grehan

J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
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