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Re: [ontolog-forum] Axiomatic ontology

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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:34:21 -0600
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At 9:36 AM -0500 1/30/08, John F. Sowa wrote:
>Bill and Avril,
>I certainly agree with that point:
>WA> To say the web is an "ontology" is nonsense.
>I would say that the web is an extremely useful resource.
>But I also agree with that point:
>AS> It feels obvious that the web in general will be
>  > the source of common-sense knowledge rather than Cyc.    (01)

It might be interesting for those of y'all who agree with this thesis 
to find some actual examples on the current Web of any explicitly 
stated common sense, and tell us where you found it.    (02)

Remember, common sense isn't encyclopedia knowledge: its the 
'obvious' stuff that any child knows about the way the world works, 
such as: things fall if they aren't supported; roofs protect you from 
rain unless it is very windy; if you fall into a liquid you will get 
wet; parties are events which people go to in order to socialize and 
have fun, and often though not always celebrate an event such as a 
birthday; objects are made of kinds of stuff; Jello is a kind of 
stuff; hitting something fragile is likely to break it if you hit it 
hard enough; being in a cold space makes you feel cold; you can walk 
on sand but it can also be poured, if it is dry; being covered with 
paint is similar in some ways to being covered with hair, but not in 
all ways; people like eating sugar; animals die if they stop eating 
or stop drinking; if you are in a room in a building then you are in 
the building, but if you are in a ship floating in water, you are not 
in the water; and so on and on and on.    (03)

Pat    (04)

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