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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> (01)
> The mapping, by humans, from a word to reality is impossible
> to specify formally. Don't do it. Any attempt to pile up
> a vague cloud of words is *not* a specification. It is just
> a totally useless, totally confusing pile of words. It is
> even worse than useless, because some people might get
> confused into thinking that the pile of words is useful.
How about a real mapping, instead of a formal mapping.
I'll stick to the example "John F. Sowa is a human." (02)
I can go on the internet and Google "John F. Sowa".
I can find out where he lives, and see him with my own eyes.
I can tell whether he is human or not. (03)
Alternatively, if you're looking for a more "social" solution,
you can ask a panel of humans if "John F. Sowa is a human."?
Isn't that the essence of shared knowledge? (04)
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