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Re: [ontolog-forum] Guo's word senses and Foundational Ontologies

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From: "Mitch Harris" <maharri@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 10:06:55 -0400
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On Behalf Of John F. Sowa
> Please don't claim that people don't know the obvious:
> FK> What you do not seem to realize is that thinking precedes
> FK> knowing to speak a language.
> I don't know anybody who would claim that babies can't think
> until after they learn to speak.    (01)

It depends on what one means by 'think'. I (ahem) think that it was new in
the 20th century to even consider that thought might have nonlinguistic
(non-symbolic) components. Wasn't it Bertrand Russell who first came up with
the example of a legitmate nonlinguistic thought of the feeling of mistaking
the last step when going down stairs with eyes closed? (I would expect
though that you, John, might have other prior examples).     (02)

In another direction, if one takes ontological studies to be a way to
encode, rather, a basis for encoding thought, then the whole program is
intended to render thought symbolic (that is render the electronic
cogitation we care about to be symbolic).     (03)

Mitch Harris
Instructor in Computer Science
Mass. General Hospital/Harvard Medical School     (04)

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