Message 2001-06-0031: Re: current usage (blunt talk)

Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:49:59 -0300 (ADT)

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Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:49:59 -0300 (ADT)
From: "Alastair G. B. Simpson" <>
To: Michel Laurin <>
Subject: Re: current usage (blunt talk)

Michel Laurin wrote:

......I have not seen a backlash against cladistics because of
the new
meanings that we give to many names, although I admit that a few people
like this.  But these are mostly people who don't like cladistics anyway
they are systematists), so I don't expect them to like the Phylocode...

I am a (eukaryotic) microbiologist, and inhabit a world where
"cladist" is generally used as an insult.  As I read the phylocode, it
should be acceptable to people who think parsimony analyses of anything
are a waste of time, but who nonetheless want an efficient code for
classification.  I wouldn't give up on converting 'cladistics-haters' to


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