Odd aspects to the Fig Parrot Saga

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Subject: Odd aspects to the Fig Parrot Saga
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 09:42:22 +1000
There are several things that are odd about the fig parrot claims in the media (eg,20867,21232602- 30417,00.html ).

First and most importantly, why would someone claim to have found a new species if they weren't prepared to trust anyone with the details of where they observed it? If you can't trust anyone, don't open your mouth in the first place.

Second, how can you expect anyone to put their professional credibility on the line for you if you aren't going to let them verify your claims? How can your coauthors etc trust you if you don't trust them? [Perhaps the lesson here is to wait till you see for yourself before publicly backing a claim].

Third, would a publication like Emu publish a report that lacked locational details and / or independent corroboration? Science is based on tests, verifications and refutations. In the world of scientific publishing, if you don't supply the information that people need to repeat your observations you don't get published.

Regards, Laurie.


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