[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.

Jim B.

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