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Re: [ontolog-forum] Re Foundation ontology, CYC, and Mapping

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From: "Matthew West" <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:31:24 -0000
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Dear Pat,    (01)

> > JFS>> What I am proposing, as I have said many times, is a lattice of
> >>> theories -- or at least a finite subset (hierarchy) of theories
> >>> that have actually been defined and stored in a repository).
> >
> > RW> Are these ideas sufficiently well-formed that we could start to
> >> talk about the metadata required to support the lattice?
> >
> > The theoretical foundation has been well formed for over 80 years.
> > I've been gathering material from recent discussions on Ontolog Forum
> > for the report that I had hoped to post on my web site last week.
> The lattice of theories idea is solid, Of course. But I don't believe
> that your intended application of it to solve the 3D/4D issue is fully
> worked out, and I won't accept that until I see the proposed 'neutral/
> minimal' theory that is supposed to be the lattice intersection of the
> 3D and 4D ontologies. I will bet you a steak dinner that it can't be
> done.    (02)

MW: I had not understood John to be proposing a solution to the 3D/4D issue,
only a framework within which the problem could be managed and minimized. I
think that could be both interesting and useful.    (03)

MW: In any case, there are not only two conflicting theories to reconcile,
but multiple ones each with different sets of commitments, so I agree the
chances of being able to finesse all the possible differences looks remote,
but we do not need to end up with a neat solution, just a feasible one.    (04)

Regards    (05)

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