[Taxacom] Why stability?

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Apr 27 21:17:55 CDT 2015


>Please.... don't say "LSIDs"<
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h--HR7PWfp0

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On Tue, 28/4/15, Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org> wrote:

 Subject: RE: [Taxacom] Why stability?
 To: "'Stephen Thorpe'" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>, "'TAXACOM'" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>, "'Nico Franz'" <nico.franz at asu.edu>
 Received: Tuesday, 28 April, 2015, 2:14 PM
 
 Please.... don't say
 "LSIDs"  Say "GUIDs".  The latter is
 more generic, the former is a largely dead implementation of
 the latter.
 
 >
 -----Original Message-----
 > From:
 Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu]
 On Behalf Of
 > Stephen Thorpe
 > Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 4:11 PM
 > To: TAXACOM; Nico Franz
 > Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Why stability?
 > 
 > As I'm sure Rod
 Page would agree (or at least I think he would!), one of
 the
 > main issues here is the
 interpretation of binomials for species. It retrospect,
 > species names may have better been
 uninomial. The fact that the next level up
 > (genus) is part of the species name causes
 all sorts of problems. Identifiers
 >
 should be arbitrary (but euphonious and mnemonic). If not,
 instability results
 > from disagreements
 over the implied meanings. I think I have heard Rod
 > suggest that we should stick with original
 combinations! That would solve the
 >
 particular problem, but nobody else is going to go with that
 idea! Replacing
 > names with LSIDs
 doesn't work (neither euphonious nor mnemonic), but
 > changing names in response to competing
 more or less supported phylogenetic
 >
 hypotheses just leads to runaway instability. There is no
 solution. All we can do
 > is to muddle on
 ...
 > 
 > Stephen
 > 
 >
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 > On Tue, 28/4/15, Nico Franz <nico.franz at asu.edu>
 wrote:
 > 
 >  Subject:
 [Taxacom] Why stability?
 >  To:
 "TAXACOM" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
 >  Received: Tuesday, 28 April, 2015, 12:47
 PM
 > 
 >  http://taxonbytes.org/thoughts-why-stability-in-nomenclature-and-at-what-
 > cost/
 > 
 >     I'd be interested in
 knowing if any
 >  scholarly works (I
 cite Atran)
 >  support this. And other
 comments.
 > 
 > 
 Cheers, Nico
 > 
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