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Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 17:06:54 +0200
To: PML <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: In case anyone was wondering
> I need to get the proposal for the companion volume submitted very = soon, 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= ct, there won't be a companion volume, and our movement will be dead in t= he water. I must say that, if I have understood it correctly (I'm not sure of t= hat), 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= nal Society of Phylogenetic Nomenclature nor the International Commission= on Phylogenetic Nomenclature exist yet, but nevertheless the publication= of the companion volume has already advanced so far that it can be threatene= d at all? (The author of the zoological code is the entire Internationa= l 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= o forbid apomorphy-based definitions has resurfaced. I have absolutely = no experience with publishing a book, so I may well miss something impor= tant here -- but, from my na=EFve point of view, it seems unimaginable to = start with writing the companion volume before such basic questions are set= tled.