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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 10:59:00 -0400
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Pat,    (01)

I would generalize your comment by replacing "ontology engineers"
with X and "philosophers" with Y:    (02)

     X should think of Y like dogs.  They are intelligent
     and useful if you feed them and treat them well, but
     you have to keep them on a leash, train them thoroughly
     to obey your instructions, and not let them form a pack,
     or they get out of control and can become dangerous.    (03)

In this generalized form, it can be applied to a very wide range
of (X,Y) pairs.    (04)

When you do that, an interesting phenomenon appears:    (05)

     The pairs are symmetric, because the statement is equally
     true when X and Y are interchanged.    (06)

John    (07)

PS:  Note that this observation about pairs helps to justify
the subject line of this thread.    (08)

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