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Re: Disparaging Popper
Do you see demonstrating consistency of logic as a successful prediction of
the implications of your hypothesis?<<<
...then wouldn't your confirmation demonstrate that your logic in drawing
your conclusions is consistent with philogenetic concepts?
Well put. Consistancy of logic with prevailing paradigms. Of course,
real tests come when paradigms shift, and we see what survives the change.
However, the current dynamism of maniraptoran phylogeny allows for
predictions to be made as to what a robust phylogeny should look like, once
one emerges. I won't be doing that explicitly though, I actually will be
using phylogenetic position and my funtional arguements to establish
mechanical units and evolutionarily stable configurations (ESCs) sensu
Schwenk, that allows inferences as to the origin of of characters for whom
data is still unkown. By making predictions based on higher taxa and taxa
for whom the data is preent, but currently unstudied, I'm hoping to
circumvent the problem that arises when requiring discoveries of species or
generic level animals that are currently unkown. The data for discovered
specimens can be found quickly (by myself or others) and by using higher
level taxa, I am spreading out the luck factor so that most any Maniraptoran
can be viewed as consistent or not with my theoretical frammework.
Sheesh, that was a mouthful.
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