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Re: [ontolog-forum] What words mean

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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:57:28 -0600
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At 2:40 PM -0500 2/15/08, John F. Sowa wrote:
Rob and Pat,

Please note that "treating" something as random does not mean that
it *is* random.  It only means that for certain kinds of processing
the assumption of randomness happens to be a useful approximation.

Yes indeedy. In fact, whether or not anything can be really random is still somewhat controversial, even among physicists, though I gather the empirical confirmation of the Bell inequality is widely reckoned to have settled the question (yes, Virginia, there are really random things going on.)

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