[Taxacom] Source of quote on taxon ranking

Sean Edwards sean.r.edwards at btinternet.com
Thu Apr 25 17:47:36 CDT 2013

According to our estate agent, a village requires: 1) a church, 2) a 
shop, 3) a pub -- not of course in order of preference. 2 out of 3 won't do.

As our population remains constant (about 620), and the pub closed for 
10 yrs and is now very healthily re-opened, and the shop is now still 
closed (having re-opened for a bit), we are a now hamlet and no longer a 
village. Fred, it take it you didn't mean 'formerly'?

Is there a biological parallel?



Sean Edwards, Thursley, Surrey, UK
email: sean.r.edwards at btinternet.com

On 25/04/2013 22:39, Fred Schueler wrote:
> Quoting Mark Schildhauer <schild at nceas.ucsb.edu>:
>> Googling indicates source as "The History of Biological Theories" by
>> Emanuel Radl (1930).  Radl contrasts Darwin and his followers with
>> Leibniz' essentialism--
>> It was just this idea that Darwin and his followers combated in
>> using the same words. They asserted that between
>> isolated phenomena there are only unessential differences ;
>> in Nature things merge by insensible gradations one into
>> the other, just as, for instance, the hamlet becomes the
>> village, the village the little town, the large town, the city.
>> The distinction between these terms is merely a matter
>> of arithmetic, or of an arbitrary scale in the minds of those
>> who use them
> * so that incorporation of these settlement entities, when it occurs,
> is analogous to the evolution of reproductive isolation.
> *fred (resident of what's formally a hamlet)*
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