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[ontolog-forum] On fruitfulness. Was: Re: Time representation

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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 09:50:46 -0600
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I submit that for us to engage in a debate about the meaning of 
fruitfulness is not fruitful. Unlike 'context', 'fruitful' is not a 
word that has ever, AFAIK, previously occurred anywhere in this forum 
or in any discussion of ontology engineering. Surely we have enough 
problems without allowing ourselves to be diverted into an endless 
meta-meta-meta-debate about some concept of dubious provenance (its 
use in the philosophy of science appears, from a rapid and 
superficial scan, to be restricted to postmodernists - but if Im 
wrong, I don't want to know about it) and even more dubious utility. 
If 'fruitfulness' starts to appear in lists of requirements then its 
time give up ontology engineering and start writing poetry.    (01)

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