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[ontolog-forum] the justfication for chinese logic/mould theories

To: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Paola Di Maio <paola.dimaio@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 20:07:25 +0000
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to sum up some of the discussions we have had over this which have been lingering at the back of my head

1. from empirical observation based on my direct experience in different countries, I conjectured in various threads (posts dating back to 2007) that it looks to me that some people in some cultures think differently, pointing to this rather vague argument called 'there must be a chinese logic'

2. you and others argued that all logical systems are based on FOL (if I remember correctly) and that logical reasoning is not different between east and west

I have managed to do some reading on the subject (got on a train ride at last)

the book I pointed in another thread you commented on


: _Chaotic Logic: Language, Thought,
and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science_.
In this book, Ben Goertzel

contains lots of precious stuff for me

In particular, I think I have found some  justification for my argument above
on pages 94/96 and 97 in what is referred to as mould theories

Sapir-Whorf being one of these kinds

Mould theories represent language as 'a mould in terms of which thought categories are cast' (Bruner et al. 1956, p. 11

ie:  Language guides our categorization of the world

(Lot more in that book that is relevant to the discussions on semantics, meaning and the lot that we are having on this list
but maybe more comments later)

comment welcome

Paola Di Maio
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Albert Einstein


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