The fundamental problem for biological systematics

The fundamental problem for biological systematics is that it has to choose between assuming that kinds are real or that they aren’t real, neither of which offers a single unambiguous solution. The discipline is thus doomed to an eternal disagreement.

The only thing we can be certain about in a million years from now is thus that biological systematicians will disagree. (The goal they seek is simply not to be found.)


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