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Re: Quo vadis AAAARG metaphor limits
In a message dated 96-02-09 14:13:12 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
>That is, indeed, a nice metaphor, and applicable in many cases, but not
>this one. Birds are not sprung from a sister tree to that of dinosaurs;
>they are a branch of that tree.
This is like an argument about which religion is better. Use whichever
system, cladistic or Linnaean, is most convenient and useful to you. If the
former, then birds are dinosaurs; if the latter, then birds descended from
dinosaurs (or, rather, dinosaurs and birds descended from dino-birds: BCF).
Christianity sprang from Judaism. Is it, therefore, simply a Jewish sect? Or
is it a genuinely new religion? English derives from an olde Teutonic tongue.
Is English therefore merely a dialect of German? Or is it a genuinely new
language? As "Linda Richman" might say, "Argue among yourselves..."