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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontological Means for Systems Engineering

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From: Matthew West <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:58:31 -0000
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Dear John,    (01)

> Most of the practical applications of ontologies will be used for
> things that could be called "systems".  But I agree with Matthew
> that trying to distinguish artifacts from naturally occurring
> things (i.e., created by physical processes and nonhuman organisms)
> is not at all clear.  Furthermore, many systems (e.g., agricultural)
> include living organisms.  And before businesses were computerized,
> they had "Systems and Procedures" departments that specified a
> "system" whose components were human beings -- including human
> "computers".
> MW> The two things that characterise a system for me are:
>  >
>  >   1. It has a function/capability/purpose.
>  >
>  >   2. Has parts that can be replaced by functionally equivalent
> parts.
> I'm happy with that definition.  But I'd like to point out that
> according to that definition, the human body is a system.    (02)

[MW] That was deliberate. Humans both are systems and can be parts of
systems.    (03)

Regards    (04)

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