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Re: ...and how ranks don't work in mnemonics

Where do YOU  live? I think most educated people around my neck of the woods 
are smart enough to at least  know that the linnean system exists...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andreas Johansson" <andreasj@gmail.com>
To: "DML" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 11:21:04 AM
Subject: Re: ...and how ranks don't work in mnemonics

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM, Anthony Docimo <keenir@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:48:21 +0200
>> From: andreasj@gmail.com
>> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
>> Subject: Re: ...and how ranks don't work was Re: Sauropodz r kewl
>> On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 2:54 AM, Anthony Docimo <keenir@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> [snip]
>> >
>> >> > It's like if we held conversations in German or in Damin - we would
>> >> > each know what the other is saying and meaning...but if we want to
>> >> > tell anyone else about what we're talking about and working on, we
>> >> > would have to use a language they know: ranks.
>> >>
>> >> The general public doesn't know ranks any better than the distinction
>> >> between lizards and salamanders. You'll need to show (or explain) a tree
>> >> to them anyway.
>> >
>> > until trees get something as catchy as "King Philip can order five great 
>> > snakes" (or the astronomical equivilent, "oh be a fine girl, kiss me"), 
>> > the public may not catch on as fast as you like.
>> Are you saying that the general public does understand ranked
>> nomenclature now, or at least know the ordering of kingdom, phylum,
>> class, order, family, genus, species?
>  they should - at least, every time I use the mnemonic for the ordering, 
> everyone knows what I mean.

I guess you live somewhere where the background level of biology
knowledge is far higher than around here.

Andreas Johansson

Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?