[Taxacom] Fwd: Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from Africa

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 19:14:12 CST 2015

The way this is stated by Stephen is that the authors know that the paper
is going to achieve nothing (according to Stephen) so they must have
another motive - one that is said to be by Stephen to be to give attention
to their papers.

John Grehan

On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 8:07 PM, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>

> If I look around me, I don't see "the biota going silent", but that could
> just be the situation here in N.Z. Ongoing development in tropical areas
> may well be destroying biodiversity on a massive scale, but it is being
> driven by massive commercial factors, and people are always going to put
> their standard of living (in the short term) first.  Deforestation probably
> not only endangers biodiversity, but may also be a big factor in global
> climate change, but one that hardly gets a mention in big old climate
> change roadshow. Loss of a few dragonflies isn't going to halt the
> bulldozers. It is however an effective way for authors to draw attention to
> their otherwise overlooked publications, in the name of conserving nature.
> But who benefits from that? Nature or author?
> Stephen
> --------------------------------------------
> On Sat, 12/12/15, Peter Rauch <peterar at berkeley.edu> wrote:
>  Subject: [Taxacom] Fwd: Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from Africa
>  To: "Taxacom List" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
>  Received: Saturday, 12 December, 2015, 12:30 PM
>  No one important***
>  has been listening anyway, so if people "get turned
>  off", no loss.
>  What --in this instance/example-- has been
>  "shouted in exaggerated
>  contexts"  ?
>  This example was not about "just another
>  60 dragonflies" --that's the point.
>  *** Look around you, look back
>  just 60 or so years --who has been listening
>  to the biota going silent ? That spectacle is
>  our "exaggerated context". Do
>  we
>  shout, or quietly --as usual-- describe the next 60
>  newly-recognized
>  species ?  Shout now,
>  shout often --dare to turn 'em off before they
>  realize that we weren't shouting loud
>  enough, often enough, EFFECTiVELY
>  enough.   (Or in other words,
>  don't press cancel; bother to elaborate.)
>  Peter
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