[Taxacom] Binomial Nomenclature - was: "cataloguing hypotheses & not real things"

Curtis Clark lists at curtisclark.org
Wed Sep 4 20:44:06 CDT 2013

On 2013-09-04 7:41 AM, Ashley Nicholas wrote:
> Dictatorial lists of names in current use are an anathema to me as they go against the very way empirical science should work.

"Names in current use" does not mean circumscriptions in current use. It 
means that obscure names from the past, often based on inadequate types, 
can't be resurrected to trample widely understood names in, uh, current 
use. They're just names.

  Implementation is fraught with problems, of course, but I'm not sure 
why you object. And it is hardly any more "dictatorial" than any other 
parts of the codes of nomenclature, which are IMO the only 
constructively working examples of anarchy and rule-by-consensus.

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