[Taxacom] The scientific power of the method

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Wed May 31 13:24:16 CDT 2017

I think this way of envisioning things is an example of the Idealist school of the 1800's, a reaction to the empiricism of the Enlightenment. Lots of Germans, and people like R. W. Emerson, were into such magnificent, somewhat Platonic conceptions. The test is are testability of the conceptions. Seems to me.

Richard H. Zander
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The earth is a liquid sphere, the greater volume of which is occupied by magma and perhaps water.That sphere has two solid portions, the core and the crust, although a gaseous portion, the atmosphere, may be included.According to those with geodesic principles, that rotating sphere is in dynamic equilibrium.
 The evolutionary pattern of the inert components of the planet is helical.Of this type of evolution, among the most representative examples we can name: pangea I and II, volcanoes, earthquakes, climatic changes, changes in the position of the magnetic axis, etc.Many modern philosophical schools consider this pattern as the general model in evolution.
 The evolutionary pattern of living beings is said to be dichotomous, but life as such is dependent on variations in inert components.This means that the evolutionary scheme of planetary, inert and living components can be expressed graphically in a single image as a set of helices in whose turns the phylogenetic trees are entangled.
 At present, biogeography, a science in charge of studying the joint evolution of living and inorganic portions on the planet, generally uses the inverse model in its explanations.Dichotomous trees at the ends of which are inert portions of the planet.For that reason I would like to know if anyone knows a conceptual basis on which to base these schemes?
 If this conceptual basis does not exist, it may happen that most of the current inferences have at their basis a completely empirical conception since, based on the method, considered efficient, the inferences are based.

Dr. Antonio López Almirall
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