[Taxacom] We are cataloguing hypotheses & not real things -- I hope everyone appreciates the implications of this. Was Global species lists ....

Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhugh at nhm.org
Fri Aug 30 12:27:38 CDT 2013


Species (and other taxa) as hypotheses. Sounds vaguely familiar. ...K

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On 8/30/2013 6:02 AM, Pierre Deleporte wrote:
>
> Le 30/08/2013 12:32, Ashley Nicholas wrote:
>> Dear All,
>>    in this case species hypotheses (species are not real entities -- Popper's World 2)?
> Poper's world 2 is sort of 'mental states',
> hence something that can materially exist as a neuronal process in an
> active brain
> = a bunch of neurones in successive states
>
> so, rather Popper's world 3 = concepts in themselves (e.g. hypotheses),
> hence materially inexistant
> = ironically "The unwordly world 3 of Karl Popper" (Bunge, 1981)
>
> Pierre
>
>> We measure specimens and populations (Popper's World 1). We extrapolate this limited data to hypothesise species.
>> Regards
>> Ashley
>>
>>




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