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Re: [ontolog-forum] Semantic Systems

To: "Rich Cooper" <rich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "'[ontolog-forum] '" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 04:55:23 EST
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Rich and Frank,    (01)

RC> ... is this a misspelling and you meant IS NOT?    (02)

I'm sorry.  I meant to type "no" and I accidentally hit an
extra "w".  Following is what I had intended to write:    (03)

JFS>> In any case, a child can learn language far better and
>> faster than any computer system today, and there is no
>> evidence that the child has much, if any built-in ontology.      (04)

FK> I am not sure if that knowledge in a kid is an ontology of
> any kind created today on the current knowledge of humankind.    (05)

I agree.  It would be misleading to call it 'ontology'.    (06)

FK> We always forget that knowledge is also procedural, and it
> is in that form what we are all after...    (07)

I agree.  But children do use metalevel language about language
quite early.  For example, see the following quotation from a
3-year-old child named Laura:    (08)

   "When I was a little girl, I could go 'geek geek' like that.
   But now I can go, 'This is a chair.' "    (09)

Somehow, Laura has learned a lot in those three years, but I
would hesitate to overanalyze or overclassify it.    (010)

What I would say, however, is that I wish I could design a
computer system that could do that.    (011)

John    (012)

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