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Re: [ontolog-forum] IBM Watson on Jeopardy

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2011 08:18:40 -0500
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Vincent and Rich,    (01)

>> That is also true of people.  As the saying goes, generals are
>> very good at fighting the last war, but not the current one.    (02)

> If that saying were true, there'd be ZERO
> national security - for any country.    (03)

You need to study military history.  The leaders who win
are the ones who can innovate to meet changing conditions.
But most leaders in every field aren't innovative -- they
just repeat what worked last time.    (04)

> we are buying a bunch of F-35's to fight international terrorism.    (05)

That is comparable to the French building the Maginot line after WW I.
It's a hugely expensive waste of money on systems that would have
been useful in the past.    (06)

> I'll just repeat one of my earlier statements: "There are lots
> of sayings among us which should be relegated to the past -
> and left there - where they belong..."    (07)

You can repeat that, but it won't make it true.    (08)

A better guideline is one of my favorite quotations from
Alfred North Whitehead:    (09)

    "Every great truth is only half true."    (010)

That means that every proverb, principle, or ideology has
to be re-evaluated in terms of current conditions in order
to determine which half is appropriate.    (011)

The most dangerous offenders are politicians who repeat
half truths until they make the voters believe them.    (012)

John    (013)

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