Interesting idea of the three views so of reality. There has been a not to
disimilar discussion at the VPEC-T wiki exploring similar ideas, please see
All the best,
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> From: John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: [ontolog-forum] <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, 7 May, 2008 10:52:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] A different approach to ontology
> I strongly agree with many of the points you made.
> But it's important to make solid points rather than
> quibbles about terminology. For example:
> JS> I suggest that we avoid talking about different
> > realities. It is better to say that each agent has
> > its own view of reality.
> MW: Yes. But is that what Ronald means?
> RSRS>> No! Each isolated agent has its own reality.
> > The expression "its own view of reality" presupposes
> > the existence of just one reality observable by whom,
> > we are not vouched safe unless by God as in Berkeley's
> > opinion. I find it safer to assume that each organism
> > constructs its own directly experienced reality
> As a general principle, words that create endless and
> unresolvable debate should be replaced by other terms
> that avoid creating confusion. I admit that using
> the term 'reality' in the phrase 'each agent's view
> of reality' presupposes some agreement on what the
> term 'reality' without qualifications might mean.
> That is an interesting question in itself, but to avoid it
> for now, I suggest that we adopt terminology originally
> proposed by the biologist Jakob Johann von Uexküll.
> The German word 'Umwelt', usually translated 'environment',
> originally meant a common objective environment for everyone.
> Uexküll, however, observed that animals of different species
> have widely different sensory abilities. He therefore adopted
> the words Umgebung, Umwelt, and Innenwelt:
> Umwelt -- the view of the environment as perceived by
> individuals of a given species.
> Umgebung -- what exists independent of any particular
> Innenwelt -- the interpretation of the Umwelt by a
> particular individual.
> John Deely observed further distinctions, see
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