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Re: [ontolog-forum] [SPAM] Re: An Ontology Modeling Different Age Groups

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From: "Richard H. McCullough" <rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 16:34:40 -0700
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Cecil (and Chris)    (01)

I would paraphrase your concerns differently:
The standard definition of "part" is not appropriate.
The parasite is a kind of  "foreign part", not a "natural
part" of an organism.   A different term should be used
in this context.    (02)

So you could blame me for mis-using "part".
Or you could blame a particular ontology.
Don't blame epistemology.    (03)

ditto for fetus.    (04)

Dick     (05)

> Well, I have run into this issue before (trying to use Dolce as a top 
> level for parasitic infections where they go through life forms)and I 
> would simply say that this view is exactly why epistemology has no place 
> in  real world (at least health care) ontologies.
> Cecil
> Richard H. McCullough wrote:
>> From the viewpoint of metaphysics/epistemology,
>> a fetus is not a human being, it is a part of a human being
>> (the mother). After birth, it is a human being (the newborn).
>>     *From:* Azamat <mailto:abdoul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>    (06)

>>     development. That means abortion, in a sense, is a sort
>>     of killing of a human being by a human being.
>>          (07)

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