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Re: [ontolog-forum] Conjunction and Disjunction

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From: "Rich Cooper" <rich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 11:02:09 -0700
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John and John,


JB> The use of "the" as the declarative indicates to me that

there is one water fountain.



-John Bottoms


  Concord, MA

  T: 978-505-9878


"The" could refer to each of seventeen water fountains, one per floor, arranged around the central utility shaft of an office building in Manhattan near the flower shop. 


I'm trying to point out that we PROJECT so much information into even simple statements that we USUALLY make mistakes of interpretation.  By generating those interpretations, even the mistaken ones, we run a <generate and test> algorithm on our interpretations, discourage the ones that don't work, and encourage the ones that do.  We feel bad about mistakes, good about "correct" interpretations. 


John Sowa's observations about the most basic conversions of reality to FOL statements are what intrigue me here.  The choice of AND and Existence as the only realities should not be accepted lightly.  Before accepting it, which I will probably do after JS educates me out of my projections, I want to understand it.  To do that I wonder why it "has" to be AND instead of OR that gets the go ahead.  Existence I can accept as basic.  It’s the next choice that bothers me. 






Rich Cooper


Rich AT EnglishLogicKernel DOT com


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