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Re: [ontolog-forum] Two ontologies that are inconsistent but both needed

To: sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx, Kathryn Blackmond Laskey <klaskey@xxxxxxx>, "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Conklin, Don" <don.conklin@xxxxxxxx>
From: Kathryn Blackmond Laskey <klaskey@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 11:18:34 -0400
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A briefer quote from George Box:  "All models are wrong, but some are useful."    (01)

K    (02)

At 9:38 AM -0500 6/13/07, John F. Sowa wrote:
>That is certainly true:
>>[KL]  For the record, "logically correct solution that yields
>>mathematically precise answers" does not equate with "good."  A
>>logically correct, mathematically precise answer can be AWFUL if it
>>is answers the wrong question.  An imprecise answer from a system
>>riddled with inconsistency can be WONDERFUL if it is a close enough
>>approximation to the answer to the right question.
>A comment that has been attributed to Lord Kelvin:
>    Better a rough answer to the right question
>    than an exact answer to the wrong question.
>John Sowa    (03)

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