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Re: a lot of fog?
In a message dated 2/13/02 11:27:57 AM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Ken Kinman <email@example.com> wrote:
> Instead of watching the Olympics last night, I was working on a list
> characters to help support my revised topology.
This is a recipe on how *NOT* to do science. >>
Since there is no empirical way to confirm or refute a cladogram by
observation, cladistic analyses are not science but politics. In politics, it
is perfectly permissible to accumulate support for one's position without
regard for other positions. Creating opposing points of view and searching
for things that remove support for one's own position becomes the job of
one's opponents. This is, if you look closely, exactly how cladistic analyses
are currently undertaken.