[Taxacom] Wilkins on species, again

Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhugh at nhm.org
Thu Nov 28 00:49:04 CST 2013

The more relevant question is, what are taxa? Assuming species are taxa. Wilkins treats species as if they're things to be explained. All I've perceived during my career have been organisms/semaphoronts. Never species or taxa.


J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] on behalf of Bob Mesibov [mesibov at southcom.com.au]
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Subject: [Taxacom] Wilkins on species, again

[Stop reading NOW if you're bored by discussions on the nature of 'species'.]

John Wilkins has blogged a very easily readable essay arguing that species are recognisable phenomena, and that difficulties in defining them arise from trying to fit them into theoretical frameworks, i.e. from trying to explain their existence.

Here: http://evolvingthoughts.net/2013/10/are-species-theoretical-objects/
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