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Re: [ontolog-forum] Data Models v. Ontologies (again)

To: "Sharma, Ravi" <Ravi.Sharma@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 11:40:24 -0400
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Ravi,    (01)

Thanks for the detailed elucidation.    (02)

> Observation:
> Introspection / Contemplation / Meditation / Yoga, etc.; such techniques
> are hallmark of Eastern Philosophies for thousands of years. Connection
> with "Naval-Gazing" above is at the "Kundalini" or resonating unison
> with nature level - concept.    (03)

I at least intellectually understand the connection with Eastern 
meditation, but I didn't realize it was part of kundalini.    (04)

> Thanks Ed for your use of the word omphaloskepsis !- Language / Origin?    (05)

When I was in graduate school, the word was used by someone in the AI 
"computer science" department to distinguish (pejoratively) the 
treatment of "knowledge" in the Philosophy department from the treatment 
of "knowledge" in the AI gang.  And of course, it caught on.  (That is, 
like most of my pithy observations, it isn't original. :-))    (06)

The word is Greek, from "omphalos" (or -on, I'm not sure) = navel, and 
"skepsis", which is a "nominalization" derived from skeptesthain = to 
look (closely) at.  Philosophers get "skeptic" from the same root.    (07)

-Ed    (08)

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