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Re: [ontolog-forum] mKR (was Thing and Class)

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From: "Rob Freeman" <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 14:20:03 +0800
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Dick,    (01)

On Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM, Richard H. McCullough
<rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rob Freeman" <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> On Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 2:21 AM, Richard H. McCullough
>> <rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> More generally, I agree with you that "the meaning of a sentence
>>>> depends on the context of the thinker/speaker". The problem with your
>>>> mKR formalism is I just don't think you will be able to enumerate all
>>>> these different "meanings", list all distinguishing cases, etc.
>>> ...
>>> ***** I'm not looking at all possible cases ("possible worlds"),
>>> ***** only the particular case appropriate for a particular
>>> ***** sentence.
>> How many distinct sentences do you want to be able to deal with?
> ** Any number.    (02)

Then that is the number I think you will have difficulty enumerating.    (03)

We need to generalize contexts. The question is whether we can capture
all generalizations in one abstracted representation, or whether we
need to constantly make new generalizations about specific cases on
the fly. I think the later (c.f. Chris Anderson's "Google" argument.)    (04)

-Rob    (05)

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