Perhaps we need an ontologically precise definition of what it
means to be an "Engineer", as a starting point. (01)
On 27/12/2010 15:14, Christopher Menzel wrote:
> On Dec 26, 2010, at 9:44 PM, doug foxvog wrote:
>> On Thu, December 23, 2010 14:36, Christopher Menzel said:
>>> Until ontological engineers, like engineers of every other other stripe,
>can be assumed to have a well-defined baseline of knowledge and a basic
>technical skills, an endless repetition of elementary modeling errors ...
>> Before a professional engineer of any other stripe is allowed to promote
>herself as an engineer s/he has to be certified as qualified to do so. Without
>a similar rigorous certification process, anyone could hang out a shingle as
>an "ontological engineer".
> Indeed, seems to me that is already happening.
>> Perhaps some body should design such a certification process and provide
>certificates to those who manage to pass.
> That is exactly what I had in mind, Doug.
>>> We trust every new bridge that is built to hold us up (in part) because of
>the knowledge and skill of the engineers who designed it; sound bridges that
>perform their function reliably are the norm, not the exception.
>> Nowadays. It was different in the 19th Century, before certification was
>required. Bridges fell down. Dams collapsed. Ontologies proved F -- oh
>wait, that's today.
> :-) Of course, present-day failures in the US are due largely to its
>near-complete neglect of aging infrastructure in favor of its current
>grotesquely misplaced spending priorities.
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