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

To: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx, Kathryn Blackmond Laskey <klaskey@xxxxxxx>, "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Conklin, Don" <don.conklin@xxxxxxxx>
From: "Smith, Barry" <phismith@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 09:39:16 -0600
Message-id: <20070613154238.5AA3E108B97@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I hope that we all agree that in major, critical, domains, such as 
medicine or nuclear power generation a good strategy for creating 
useful models is to seek to find out what the underlying reality is like.
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At 09:18 AM 6/13/2007, Kathryn Blackmond Laskey wrote:
>A briefer quote from George Box:  "All models are wrong, but some are useful."
>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
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