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Re: Kileskus etc....
To forestall further private emails to me in which I am characterized in one
form or another, I am going to make more blanket statements about myself which
should be apparent to some of you, but others are prone to ignore or have never
1. I am a supporter of the cladistic "revolution," which is as far as I am
going to go on that statement as concerns a "scientist" (I am fairly sure some
of you think I am not, and that may depend on the definition).
2. I absolutely dislike ranks -- based on the sole criterion that they are
completely and absolutely unscientific. Perhaps this should say something
3. I like to discuss and debate, so I will say thing to provoke discussion
and debate, which sometimes does not work out well for my case, or causes
heated and/or personal comments to fly --- which I at least try to withhold
from my side of the argument.
4. I have a fuzzy memory, so I tend not to cite as many things as some others
do --- largely due to the fact that my document collection is in tatters or
scattered in different states. So I tend to backtrack for fuzzy memory ... and
I always admit when I am wrong on a detail.
5. In the specific circumstance, I posted a comment made within a paper
referring to a tautology, and the ensuing discussion rendering the essential
meaning of clade and monophyletic [noun], and the use of the phrase
"paraphyletic clade" came up. This was the topic I wished to discuss, but it
apparently also means that I have made up a few things, which I am fairly
certain I had not.
[I did make a mistake in which the afore-posted link was attributed to Mike
Keesey, when in fact he was responding to it, where the original poster used
the offending term; Mike responded later with a correction that "paraphyletic
clade" was oxymoronic. It may have at one point been taught by a biology
professor, though -- http://people.rit.edu/rhrsbi/; I am not sure if this is
current. See, I'm even self-corrective.]
Jaime A. Headden
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