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Re: PLoS T.rex infection paper nomenclature question



Sheesh -- do I really need to include the little smiley face?  Didn't
the phase "Platonic truth" clue you in that I was not in fact being
100% serious?

2009/10/2 Jaime Headden <qi_leong@hotmail.com>:
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> Mike Taylor wrote:
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> <Except of course in the case of Brachiosaurus and the horribly named(*) Gi=
> raffatitan -- for those two=2C the Platonic truth of the matter is clear to=
>  see.>
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> =A0 The best part about a statement like that is that the missing "In my op=
> inion" is hidden=2C implied by the reader=2C implied by the author to a per=
> centage we cannot see=2C and in some cases is an abstracted belief.
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> =A0 There are people=2C who invoking so called "truths=2C" firmly and concr=
> etely argue that they are in fact invariable=2C incontrovertible=2C and unf=
> alsifiable.=A0 I=2C of course=2C cannot utter the term used for these peopl=
> e on this list=2C but it's the same "truth" as the argument that you can sp=
> lit a genus or argue there is special value between two sister species in a=
>  single genus versus two sister genera with a single species each.
>
> =A0 Currie understands the distinction=2C and his answer to the issue of us=
> e of *Gorgosaurus* over *Albertosaurus* for *libratus* is simple=2C at leas=
> t it was when last I asked him about it:=A0 Use what works.=A0 Or something=
>  like that. Others have argued that if the development of the nomenclature =
> causes more issues than what was before it=2C in that it increases confusio=
> n AND reduces information in the system=2C then it is likely that nemclatur=
> al change is not useful.=A0 When it comes to *Brachiosaurus brancai*=2C you=
>  can simply not use *Giraffatitan*:=A0 There is no rule that says you must.
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> Cheers=2C
>
> Jaime A. Headden
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