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Colloquium in Honor of John McNeill

Silva, Paul [1].

Perceived obsolescence.

Perception is a state of mind, hence non-quantifiable. Nevertheless, perception in the minds of one group of individuals may influence the perception of other individuals. Botanists of the 20th and 21st centuries have perceived that the names of many of their institutions, the courses that they teach, the societies of which they are members, and the journals in which they publish, are becoming obsolete. Globalization of botanical studies has resulted in the transformation of traditional national journals into aspiring international journals that suppress nationalism and require publication in English. Use of the word "plant" has become controversial in view of molecular studies that support fractionation of the Plant Kingdom. Latin diagnoses are no longer required for publication of new taxa because Latin is perceived to be an obsolete language, but its ingrainment in the languages of law, medicine, theology, and non-technical writing casts doubt on its obsolescence.

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1 - University of California, University Herbarium, 1001 Valley Life Sciences Building #2465, Berkeley, CA, 94720-2465, USA

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Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C3
Location: Delaware D/Hyatt
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM
Number: C3005
Abstract ID:906

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