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

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From: "Sharma, Ravi" <Ravi.Sharma@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 11:06:37 -0600
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Ed    (01)

Thanks for the background of the work.     (02)

John Sowa has also graciously provided Mythological Greek meaning;
hopefully you saw that as well!    (03)

More on: word omphaloskepsis ---
This is just for your information as I am simply quoting this from past
reading and listening to those who practice: Those who study Yoga also
talk of this "Naval-Gazing" to "Nature" (which I personally understand
as external universe as contrasted from inner universe) via a mechanism
of communicating this resonance with Nature through Central Nervous
System culminating at top through Hypothalamus / Pituitary type
(brahma-randhra) gland in the brain.    (04)

Thanks.    (05)

Ravi    (06)

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-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Barkmeyer [mailto:edbark@xxxxxxxx] 
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To: Sharma, Ravi
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Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Data Models v. Ontologies (again)    (011)

Ravi,    (012)

Thanks for the detailed elucidation.    (013)

> Observation:
> Introspection / Contemplation / Meditation / Yoga, etc.; such
> are hallmark of Eastern Philosophies for thousands of years.
> with "Naval-Gazing" above is at the "Kundalini" or resonating unison
> with nature level - concept.    (014)

I at least intellectually understand the connection with Eastern 
meditation, but I didn't realize it was part of kundalini.    (015)

> Thanks Ed for your use of the word omphaloskepsis !- Language /
Origin?    (016)

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    (017)

of "knowledge" in the AI gang.  And of course, it caught on.  (That is, 
like most of my pithy observations, it isn't original. :-))    (018)

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.    (019)

-Ed    (020)

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