NANFA-- cells smashers and ichthyologists

Jay DeLong (
Tue, 19 Feb 2002 21:49:21 -0800

This disussion reminds me of an issue of Orion magazine (does anyone get
that magazine?). It was the Autumn 2001 issue and was titled "Why Natural
History?" The main article was called "The Rise and Fall of Natural
History: How a Science Grew and Eclipsed Direct Experience". It discussed
the shift in university curricula from field biology to that of
cell-smashers (Martin's term, not the magazine's).

I could rev up my scanner if anyone is interested...

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

> -----Original Message----- > From: On Behalf > Of Irate Mormon > Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 9:07 AM > To: > Subject: Re: NANFA-- TN vs. AL fish diversity > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > > If he's not a "real" ichthyologist, why did he become co-author > of one of > > the better ichthyology textbooks? Although hanging out with > Bruce Collette > > may have given him more street cred, je suppose... > > I don't know, other than perhaps he teaches undergrad ichthology > and didn't > like the existing texts. I thought that was rather curious, > myself. Which > isn't to say that Gene doesn't know anything about ichthyology > (as I define > it), quite the opposite; merely that it's not his principal pursuit. >

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