[Taxacom] The more you know the more you lump|split.
Beach, James H.
beach at ku.edu
Thu Jul 18 17:06:09 CDT 2013
Jason Mate's comment:
> On the other hand, the pursuit of "meaningful" higher taxa has lead to provincialism and oversplitting.
> By this I mean that the longer and harder you look at something the more you see of it but the less
> around it and this leads taxonomists along the path of believing that their group is so unique that it deserves a classification to match.
reminded me of a rule of thumb that was a favorite of my plant systematics 101 professor:
"The more you know the more you lump."
The other camp (to make this a good binary discussion) is of course:
"The more you know the more you split"
I have an interest in psycho/social/professional influences of how people, starting with young kids, classify the world into self/not-self and later same/not-same as they learn more about it.
It would be interesting (and fun!) to know from the Taxacom faithful what arguments/research experiences would support either of these two views and which view they would most identify with.
James H. Beach
University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS 66044 USA
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