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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontologies as social mediators

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From: "Burkett, William [USA]" <burkett_william@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 11:50:39 -0500
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Ed:    (01)

I agree with you that:    (02)

>The underlying concern here is that all of the social communications 
>cues are utterly absent in a formal ontology.      (03)

But the following:    (04)

>It means exactly what it says and only what it says.      (05)

Does not make sense without considering (at least a limited) social setting.  
The ontology means absolutely nothing if there is no human (or his/her software 
surrogate) to interpret it.  "Meaning" is a human phenomenon - isn't it?  
(Okay: sentient phenomenon - my cat correctly interprets (i.e., derives meaning 
from) my actions when I pick up his food dish, but I doubt he's worried about 
ontologies.)    (06)

Bill    (07)

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