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Re: [ontolog-forum] Next steps in using ontologies as standards

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 01:39:51 -0500
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Pat and Azamat,    (01)

AA> Recently, it was widely published that the technique of neural
 > information processing affords reading your thoughts and intentions
 > by means of scanners:
 > Such a poor alchemy comes from two main reasons: bad ontology and
 > defective semantics.    (02)

PH> I take it that your point here is to hold this work up to ridicule
 > (as "poor alchemy"), and blame the error on bad ontology. But you
 > should check your sources more carefully. First, this is a CBS news
 > item, not a scientific report.    (03)

I agree with Pat.  I'd also like to mention that the two scientists
quoted in the report have done respectable work.  Following is a
summary from the NSF, which supported some of their work:    (04)

    http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111641    (05)

A quotation from that article summarizes what they did:    (06)

    Carnegie Mellon researchers predicted the fMRI activation pattern
    for several concrete nouns.    (07)

But the title of the article suggests something much more grandiose:    (08)

    A Computer That Can 'Read' Your Mind    (09)

There is a very big difference between picking one out of ten options,
and discovering the details of what anybody happens to be thinking.    (010)

John Sowa    (011)

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