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Smithsonian Contributions to Metaphysics

The most prestigious journal ever published in the field of high-energy metaphysics, Smithsonian Contributions completed its ground-breaking run in one hundred numbers from 1989–1991. It was continued by the highly influential series of Wisconsin Studies in Experimental Psychosystematics.


   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 1




      "Doing the research again is easier
              than reading German."



                           S. L. Olson, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 2





        "What is the meaning of this?"



                        J. T. Marshall, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 3




      "Life I can deal with; the parking
                office sucks."



                           S. L. Olson, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 4




      "Even having all that knowledge, there
       are things I would want to know that
              are just unknowable."



                          G. R. Graves, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 5





            "My head is spinning."



                            R. L. Zusi, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 6





     "You know, this place just irritates me."



                          G. R. Graves, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 7




     "What do we know about anything? Not a
           whole hell of a lot, do we?"



                          C. A. Ludwig, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 8





       "I don't mind killin' anything."



                            C. J. Dove, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 9





           "Bob is always right."



                            C. J. Dove, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 10





       "Bob is most of the time right."



                               K. Reed, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 11




        "The more you party the better
                you get at it."



                               C. Moss, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 12




      "There's nothin' in the world that
               looks like that."



                          G. R. Graves, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 13




          "Nothing is too complicated
              if it's for Science."



                          G. R. Graves, 1989




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 14




       "Phylogenetic reconstruction based
        on morphology is not suitable for
              the human life span."



                            R. L. Zusi, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 15





              "Think big."



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 16





         "Would you quit thinking!"



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 17





     "Let's cut out this foolishness and eat."



                            R. L. Zusi, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 18




     "Drink a cup of coffee, smoke a cigarette,
         and you'll be good for five hours."



                            C. J. Dove, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 19





       "I used to be a killin' machine."



                            C. J. Dove, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 20




      "I don't now; I just don't know;
        I'm stymied, confused, lost."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 21





        "I shouldn't have said that."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 22





   "Our duty is to obfuscate wherever possible."



                          C. A. Ludwig, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 23





           "I have too many problems."



                            C. J. Dove, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 24




      "Anatomy is just too hard to learn
             for ordinary people."



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 25




      "The guy showed us how to do analysis
       of variance, and I started to get a
               tingle up my spine."



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 26





   "I'm gonna have to shut up around you guys."



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 27




      "I never do what I'm supposed to do;
              that's the problem."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 28




     "My career's been five percent beetles
        and ninety-five percent gossip."



                               R. Craw, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 29




      "We're just occupying time until the
          end of the world, aren't we?"



                               R. Craw, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 30




          "Philosophy really is the
             trashcan of science."



                               R. Craw, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 31





        "Richard Zusi! That funky dude!"



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 32




      "The guy's just a little bit too slick
            for a hayseed like myself."



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 33




     "Those people who think nature is that
       great - they don't know it at all."



                            P. Ericson, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 34





     "How do they tell fiction from reality?"



                            P. Ericson, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 35




      "God has told a lot of people to do
            a lot of crazy things."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 36





   "You've got to watch these Air Force people."



                          R. Laybourne, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 37





       "Taxonomic characters don't exist."



                            R. L. Zusi, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 38





   "We don't want to encourage too much thinking."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 39





            "What's in it for me?"



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 40





             "I'll sign anything."



                            R. L. Zusi, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 41




     "That's the problem with the Smithsonian
             now: too many curators."



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 42





    "There's no halo; it can't be Ernst Mayr."



                           S. L. Olson, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 43




   "It's amazing when you really get into it how
     unexciting and unnovel things really are."



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 44





          "Wherefore art thou raccoon?"



                          B. B. Farmer, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 45





        "I'm gonna let him die slowly."



                            C. J. Dove, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 46





       "I'm not mean, I'm merely asocial."



                          G. R. Graves, 1990




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 47




      "It's a damn fine line between doing
          something and doing nothing."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 48





    "I swear, Ralph, they should all be shot."



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 49





           "Molecules, smolecules."



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 50





       "I wonder who's gonna be No. 50?"



                          B. B. Farmer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 51




           "I guess I'm just not a
           metaphysical kind of guy."



                            J. P. Dean, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 52




       "There are too many damn people,
             that's the problem."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 53





      "What constitutes 'being the same'?"



                            K. Warheit, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 54




       "If you ever get the opportunity,
                  soak 'em good."



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 55




   "Science should be person-independent; y'know,
      like truth and beauty and all that crap."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 56





           "Want to take my place?"



                             F. Talbot, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 57





    "IBM's to be blamed for a lot of things."



                            K. Warheit, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 58




     "Linnaeus is certainly gonna bite the
          dust in the next ten years."



                            K. Warheit, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 59




      "One never really finds what one's
            looking for, does one?"



                            R. Simpson, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 60





      "Everything puts its nest somewhere."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 61





         "I've got blood all over me."



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 62





        "What about parsimony, anyway?"



                         K. de Queiroz, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 63




    "Maybe avian systematics is so difficult
        because we know so much about it."



                            R. L. Zusi, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 64




        "Things you can't measure don't
            have much significance."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 65




       "Boy, I'd hate to fall face first
                into that stuff!"



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 66





         "I have an anaerobic brain."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 67





        "I don't think fish have necks."



                            K. Warheit, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 68




      "In the absence of a time machine
        we only do the best we can do."



                           E. O. Wiley, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 69





          "Monkeys we don't have."



                         M. V. Osborne, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 70





        "That's a matter of opinion."



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 71




    "Getting along fine is only a matter of
     taking the right statistical approach."



                          J. S. Farris, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 72




         "I'd like to keep this as
          theoretical as possible."



                            K. Warheit, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 73





      "Carla's been killing things again."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 74





     "Who cares what Platnick did in 1976?"



                         K. de Queiroz, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 75





        "Oh! I squished his guts out!"



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 76




        "Whoops! I pulled his head off!
              Sorry, little boy!"



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 77




       "I can't believe she died just
        because I pulled her legs off."



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 78




          "I hope Bob isn't writing
                   this down."



                            K. Warheit, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 79




      "Yes, I believe in the conservation of
     archival materials, but not to the point
             of their destruction."



                        M. R. Browning, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 80





         "'Tis the season to be oily."



                           B. B Farmer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 81




         "No, Joel; you're mixing up 
          ontology and epistemology."



                            B. Mishler, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 82




     "We're getting relatively stupider and
         more ignorant as time goes on."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 83




        "You ain't nobody until you've
           got a paper in Science."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 84





              "Computer-uter."



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 85





    "Don't buy a book, buy a bottle of scotch."



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 86





     "You have to kind of grow up with okra."



                       R. C. Laybourne, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 87





      "There's no justice in this world."



                           S. L. Olson, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 88





           "There are always bugs."



                            R. L. Zusi, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 89





         "I like to be entertained."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 90





           "Nobody lives forever."



                          G. R. Graves, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 91





    "I get grant money for looking at gossip."



                               M. Ruse, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 92





          "Thou shalt have problems."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 93





   "I give the dead credit where credit is due."



                           G. C. Mayer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 94




         "Sometimes these guys around
               here crack me up!"



                            C. J. Dove, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 95




      "I consider Gould to be the foremost
      proponent of Continental obscurantism
                in North America."



                           G. C. Mayer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 96




         "I'm sure that twelve years of
         psychoanalysis could alleviate
                 the problem."



                           G. C. Mayer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 97




       "These guys 150 years ago - they
       were the real natural historians."



                         K. de Queiroz, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 98




       "Darwin and Wallace and Agassiz and
    Sedgwick all knew everything worth knowing."



                           G. C. Mayer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 99




      "Once you learn a few of the symbols,
            everything else follows."



                           G. C. Mayer, 1991




   SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS
   TO METAPHYSICS, No. 100





   "Well, things are dysfunctional around here."



                          B. B. Farmer, 1991



Acknowledgements

The publication of Smithsonian Contributions to Metaphysics was supported in part by a Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellowship to RJO.


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