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Re: [ontolog-forum] electric sheep

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From: "Stavros Macrakis" <macrakis@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 17:43:25 -0500
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On Nov 9, 2007 3:36 PM, Azamat <abdoul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
...the real nature of ontology. Namely, that it studies the being of
everything which exists and changes; that it is the general account
of reality, ...; that it increases the world knowledge, unfolds new
basic truths, develops new sciences and technology

I joined this mailing list recently, thinking that it was about "ontology" in the (arguably trivializing and abusive) computer science sense, that is, building rich, useful, machine-processable descriptions of concepts and relationships and using them in practical ways.  Of course, these descriptions should be informed as much as possible by insights from philosophy, psychology, and confectionery, but I'd rather not wait until these fields have reached their final conclusions (42?).

If I have misunderstood, and in fact this mailing list is devoted to a foundationalist "general account of reality", then I am in the wrong place.  If on the other hand it is in fact devoted to the more mundane engineering and scientific tasks I sketch above, perhaps the more ambitious discussions could find another home?


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