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To: Godfrey Rust <godfrey.rust@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 16:49:56 -0400
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Godfrey Rust wrote:    (01)

>> Considering, if you somehow 
>> pull off in this heroic but thankless intelligent deed, creating a 
>> consistent axiomatic ontology of things in the world, than you will sure 
>> become an immortal being.
>> Cheers,
>> Azamat Abdoullaev
> Azamat, a noble sentiment, though I wonder if "become an immortal being"
> in this context would be better rendered "die in the attempt"? :-)    (02)

This view is a strong rationale for talking about it instead of doing 
it.  ;-)    (03)

Eswaran Subrahmanian observed that by the time you have finished 
formulating the complete ontology for a domain, you will have to begin 
again to repair the ontology to match the changes in the accepted wisdom 
since you began developing the formulation, and then you can deal with 
the changes in the domains it touches on.    (04)

The problem seems to lie in two areas:
  - How much axiomatization is enough to be 'widely useful'?
  - Useful to whom?    (05)

-Ed    (06)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
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  and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (08)

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