[Taxacom] Biodiversity questions: Classifications

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Fri Oct 4 08:08:06 CDT 2013

Total nonsense. There is LITTLE scientific information to be derived
from sister-group analysis. Ancestral taxa are not given when they could
be. There is MUCH scientific information to be derived from a
classification based on a Besseyan cactus-like evolutionary tree. There
is MORE to be derived from discussions accompanying such a

Any taxon at any rank that is definable as a caulistic unit is "real" in
the sense of being operational. If sufficiently dependable such that you
decide to act on it, then it is the kind of scientific realism reflected
by operationalism. Which provides a pretty strong sense of reality.


Richard H. Zander
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Biodiversity questions: Classifications

There is NO scientific information to be derived from higher
as there are NO scientific principles / standards underlying our current


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