Message 2004-10-0065: Re: In case anyone was wondering

Tue, 14 Sep 2004 17:06:54 +0200

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Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 17:06:54 +0200
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To: PML <>
Subject: Re: In case anyone was wondering

> I need to get the proposal for the companion volume submitted very =
and that won't happen unless I withdraw from this discussion.  Moreov=
er, the
entire discussion will be irrelevant, because we won't get the contra=
there won't be a companion volume, and our movement will be dead in t=

I must say that, if I have understood it correctly (I'm not sure of t=
this is somewhat weird. The meeting in Paris has not brought a resolu=
tion to
any of the problems that were discussed there, neither the Internatio=
Society of Phylogenetic Nomenclature nor the International Commission=
Phylogenetic Nomenclature exist yet, but nevertheless the publication=
 of the
companion volume has already advanced so far that it can be threatene=
d at
        (The author of the zoological code is the entire Internationa=
Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. I think we should imitate this=
, even
if only because of the optics.)

> It was clear from the Paris meeting that the majortiy of people wer=
e not
comfortable making this convention a rule, so there will be no such r=
ule in
the first version of the PhyloCode.

Yes, but the question remains whether to make it a recommendation or =
to drop
it altogether -- and the perhaps even bigger question about whether t=
forbid apomorphy-based definitions has resurfaced. I have absolutely =
experience with publishing a book, so I may well miss something impor=
here -- but, from my na=EFve point of view, it seems unimaginable to =
with writing the companion volume before such basic questions are set=


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