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From: "doug foxvog" <doug@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:27:06 -0500 (EST)
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On Thu, November 11, 2010 8:17, Pavithra said:
> Dr Sowa:  Your existential graphs graph paper had the following:
> ...
>>this means "Some man eats a man".    (01)

> First of all it is a eerie statement to read.  It is not normal to
> eat another man unless he is a cannibal.     (02)

Note that it says "Some man eats", not "Most men eat".  The statement
does not say that this is a normal occurrence, just that it has happened
at least once.    (03)

Note that members of the Donner party who were starving to death ended
up eating colleagues who had already died, so that they would not also
die.  They were not cannibals before this occurred, but were forced
into that status if they wanted to live.    (04)

> Cannibals are not logical.    (05)

Here Pavithra is using a different meaning of "logical".  Formal logic
controls what can be deduced from a set of axioms and facts.  Whether the
axioms are "logical" or not is not considered, so long as they are not
logically inconsistent.
> Are you trying to represent an illogical behavior using logic?    (06)

At some level, most human behaviour is illogical.  It is emotional
or unthinking.  One would hope that an ontology for human actions
would be able to use logic to record such behaviour and reason about
it.    (07)

-- doug f.
Disclaimer: I am not a cannibal.    (08)

> Regards,
> Pavithra    (09)

doug foxvog    doug@xxxxxxxxxx   http://ProgressiveAustin.org    (010)

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