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Re: [ontolog-forum] Fw: Oooh, FOL is too hard to learn.

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:31:40 -0500
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On Oct 20, 2010, at 11:47 AM, Rich Cooper wrote:
> Hi Seab,    (01)

It's Sean; he typo'd.    (02)

> Agreed.  FOL is purely declarative.  That is both its strength and its 
>weakness as a communicable representation.  
>  
> People naturally mix declarative and procedural concepts because those are 
>the ways they act in normal life, therefore it echoes in their conversations 
>and attitudes through repeated situations.  
> 
> Purely declarative representations are great for some things, lousy for 
>others.    (03)

The same triviality holds of any tool, of course.    (04)

> Try teaching a kid to ride a bike declaratively, and you will quickly 
>transition into How-To phrases instead of What-Is phrases.  Try detailing a 
>practice and procedure document without How-To declarative phrases and the 
>other extreme comes into view. 
>  
> Both views are needed.  Either one is like watching an old black-and-white 
>movie in all black or all white.  There isnít much to see.    (05)

Then again, someone who's color-blind watching a full color movie might get the 
same impression. Not much to see if you aren't capable of seeing it.    (06)

-chris    (07)


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