Sense and sensibility (in science)

Kelly Richers kerichers at
Wed Sep 29 14:11:39 EDT 1999

Bruce-Personally I'm too buried in trying to identify the 750 specimens of great Arizona moths I brought back from the nationa Lep Soc meeting to worry about this crud!.  Your web site has been great in assisting me and I have over half identified already through that and my pervious trips.  Leuschner sent me a list of what he got, and I suspect some of my UFO's are in that stuff.  I'll make a trip to the LACM with Ron at the Christmas break-I'm a vice principal in real life- and let you know if I have any ne stuff.  I'm eagerly awaiting any new micros you post pictures to in the site.  Please announce when you do!

>>> Bruce  Walsh <jbwalsh at> 09/29 10:10 AM >>>
I'm concerned about the increasingly personal nature of some of the
discussions on this group.  Science, like any other human enterprise, has a
strong personal side, but we should take great pains to avoid personal

The focus of debates on scientific issues should be on facts and theories
(and the facts that support, or detract from a particular theory).  When
personal attacks occur (i.e., you are obviously xxx or yyy), as a
scientist, you force me to almost completely discount your viewpoint.  This goes
for individuals on BOTH sides of the current release debate.

Science is not about liking people --- some of the scientists for whom I
have the highest respect are individuals that I personally dislike. 
Likewise, there are scientists that I truly enjoy on a personal level but whose
quality of science is very poor. 

Just some more random thoughts from an evil, greedy, self-centered,
morally irresponsible, and value-free scientist.



Bruce Walsh
Associate Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Biosciences West
University of Arizona
Tucson,  AZ  85721  USA

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