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Re: [ontolog-forum] Imagery in Scientific Thought

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 11:16:43 -0600
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On Dec 17, 2007, at 11:00 AM, Dennis L. Thomas wrote:
> John,
> Thanks for this reasoned reply.  I am forever reminded whenever
> submitting to this forum that I will pay for any off-handed remarks
> or "not-to-par" comments in the way of unveiled condescension by
> some.    (01)

Well, my apologies for my somewhat snarky reply if indeed your  
intention is to be a good-faith participant in this forum.  But you  
have a history both here and elsewhere of making exceedingly  
controversial, yet entirely unargued, assertions about the failures of  
existing knowledge engineering paradigms -- failures which you then  
claim your company just happens to have overcome with its  
revolutionary technology (which, as it happens, is entirely closed,  
proprietary and unvetted by the scientific community).  Your post  
about the inability of mathematics (with its "requirement for self- 
consistency") to represent change blithely dismissed 30+ years of  
research on the topic without argument, and hence seemed to me to be  
heading in the same dubious direction.    (02)

It is possible, however, that my reaction was based too much upon this  
past history, and I'm willing to accept that your post was a good- 
faith contribution.  I'll assume so in the future unless there are  
good reasons to think otherwise.    (03)

-chris    (04)

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