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To: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
From: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 17:22:24 -0400
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On Jun 21, 2007, at 4:51 PM, Pat Hayes wrote:    (01)

> And if you subscribe to for example  public-semweb-lifesci@xxxxxx  
> (or look in the recent archives) you  will see hard-nosed, busy,  
> practical men who are trying to build  systems of direct social and  
> scientific importance, having  interminable debates about whether  
> or not a computational process has  to be distinguished from a  
> physical process because one is a  continuant but the other is an  
> occurrent. All of which is a tragic  waste of time and energy.    (02)

a) I think this subject came up at the beginning of the month or so,  
at worst, a portion of discussion during a period of 3 weeks has been  
tragically wasted. Also, as you point out on occasion, these  
discussions are finite, and so the debates are certainly not  
interminable :)
b) Being one of those people, I don't happen to think that the  
discussion is a waste of time. There is a lot of (well meaning but)  
sloppy thinking that happens on that list, and the discussions on  
computation processes are, at a minimum, educational. They seem, to  
my experience, the normal sort of discussion a group of people have  
as they move towards a common understanding.    (03)

Hard nosed, busily, practically, yours,    (04)

Alan    (05)

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