Observation 197045: Mycetozoa Bary ex Rostaf.
When: 2015-01-24
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Small ovoid blobs with a tiny stipe, mustard yellow spore mass emerging like cotton candy.

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By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2015-01-26 17:39:41 EST (-0500)

I’ve already discussed this openly many times. I’ve written about it at length on various observations here, as well as on my blog.


The summary is that you and I fundamentally disagree about how mycofloristics and field biology in general works. Which is fine.

The stuff you posted below is all fine and well in theory. But the actual practice of science is much messier. Try working in a couple labs that focus on ecology or evolution. I know it comes as a shock to a lot of people, but science often operates under less than perfectly-stringent conditions; reality requires compromise.

By: Byrain
2015-01-26 17:26:37 EST (-0500)

“These errors are discussed openly, and ways to eliminate them are developed.”

If you want to message me about this
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2015-01-26 17:00:39 EST (-0500)

we can talk about it via email.

Scientific Process
By: Byrain
2015-01-26 16:50:05 EST (-0500)

This is an excerpt from Visualizing Environmental Science by David M. Hassenzahl, Mary Catherine Hager, Linda R. Berg which I found relevant.

“Scientists collect objective data (singular, datum), the information with which the science works. Data are collected through observation and experimentation and then analyzed or interpreted. Scientific conclusions are inferred from the available data and are not based on faith, emotion, or intuition. Scientists publish their findings in scientific journals, and other scientists examine and critique their work. A requirement of science is repeatability—that is , observations and experiments must produce consistent data when they are repeated. Scrutiny by other scientists reveals any inconsistencies in results or interpretation. These errors are discussed openly, and ways to eliminate them are developed.”

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