Dear All, (01)
I do apologise - my amateurish website seems to have vanished.
I shall rectify this as soon as I am able. (02)
I shall treasure Henry Kautz' poem. Thank you. (03)
Ronald Stamper (04)
On 16 Mar 2009, at 06:37, John F. Sowa wrote: (05)
> I agree with your concerns.
> RS> 'Listening in' to the ontolog discussions I sense a widespread
>> belief that logic and formal methods will solve the problems
>> ontology development. That makes me uneasy about the direction
>> of some of the technically oriented work.
> I believe that logic is important, but I don't believe it is
> a panacea. I like to quote the poem by Henry Kautz (copy below).
> Kautz also believed that logic was important, but he had enough
> sense to recognize that it was a tool rather than a solution.
> RS> I am all for formal precision once we are sure we have fully
>> grasped what we need to be formal and precise about. I thought
>> that the age of logicism had closed by mid-20th century.
> But I also agree with Chris M. that the word 'logicism' should
> be avoided. It has been used in so many vague ways that it
> no longer has any clear meaning by itself.
> RS> I have placed two papers on a very amateurish website:
> That gave me the message "We can't find the page you requested."
> On Selecting a Thesis Topic
> By Henry Kautz
> If your thesis is utterly vacuous,
> Use first-order predicate calculus.
> With sufficient formality
> The sheerist banality
> Will be hailed by all as miraculous!
> If your thesis is quite indefensible,
> Reach for semantics intensional.
> Over Montague grammar
> Your committee will stammer
> Not admitting it's incomprehensible.
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