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Re: [ontolog-forum] Past, Present, and Future of Ontology

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From: "Richard H. McCullough" <rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 12:16:12 -0700
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From: "Christopher Menzel" <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
>> #### I grant that you are a great scholar, John.
>> #### But can't you put aside your academic bias
> Be careful.  "academic bias" is a favorite epithet among cranks the 
> world over, who blame their lack of acceptance within the academic 
> community on prejudice (or envy, or the desire for power, or...) 
> rather than any shortcomings in their work.  I'm supposing you don't 
> want to be considered among their company.
>> #### long enough to consider whether I am right or not?
> It is *because* John is a scholar with a vast knowledge of the history 
> of AI and KR that it is so obvious to him why your work does not begin 
> to measure up to the standards of the field.  What *you* need to do is 
> set "put aside" the idea that you have single-handedly solved the most 
> vexing problems of AI and KR and follow John's advice: Do your homework.
I do not doubt John's knowledge.
The fact is, he never addresses my ideas.
He "cops out" by telling me to do my homework.
        If I do not do my homework,
        then my ideas are wrong.
This is an obvious non sequitur.
This is what I am calling "academic bias".
Dick McCullough

> Chris Menzel

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