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Re: PhyloCode implementation date
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From: "Ken Kinman" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2001 4:42 PM
Subject: PhyloCode implementation date
> But unless there is some unexpected development, it seems there is
> enough support that they will attempt to implement it. I have suggested
> Cantino that the initial implementation not only exempt species names, but
> generic names as well, to minimize confusion if it doesn't work out. But
> they seem so confident of PhyloCode's success that they think the
> confusion is worth the risk.
There seems to be consensus on the PhyloCode mailing list that the PhyloCode
should not be implemented before it covers species names; about 15 methods
have been suggested for converting species names into phylogenetic taxonomy,
and although some methods seem not to be strongly supported by anyone, there
is no consensus yet.
> Although Benton's criticism appears to be making them more cautious,
They say that there are enough Recommendations etc. that have been dealing
with Benton's criticism even before Benton published them.
> I am assuming PhyloCode's initial implementation will be attempted in the
> several years.
Probably. I just wonder what will become of the BioCode, the last attempt to
unify the Codes for Linnaean taxonomy... it, too, will be implemented on "1
Jan 200n". www.rom.on.ca/biodiversity/biocode
> So tighten your seatbelts, it's going to be a rough ride
> (unless they opt for cladisto-eclectic shock absorbers, which doesn't seem
Hmmm... just to stay in this analogy... probably cladists will prefer to
learn to fly over merely using shock absorbers, and they will regard the
PhyloCode as wings...
> The war between cladists and eclecticists is now about 35 years old,
> and my own hopes for a German-style reunification are obviously going to
> severely dampened when PhyloCode does go into effect. We shall see.
Interesting analogy... The German reunification wasn't a 50:50-affair,
rather, the western part has won and the eastern part has lost this part of
the Cold War. Probably, IMHO, it will be the same in taxonomy -- the
PhyloCode will win out...