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Re: SCIENCE AND CLASSIFICATION



I wrote:

> I think cladistics _removes_ much subjectivity. Not all, but lots. No more
> arguments about what rank a particular group should be given. No more
> paraphyletic groups. Parsimony. Etc..

The first two arguments apply of course to phylogenetic taxonomy alone and
not to cladistic analysis. My error. But since cladistic analyses are
reproducible, testable/falsifiable, and make predictions, they certainly
remove subjectivity and add science to what used to be an art.