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Re: [ontolog-forum] Relating and Reconciling Ontologies

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From: Ali Hashemi <ali@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:57:20 -0400
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Just a quick response to one point.

On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM, John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> the introduction of a novel conflicting core ontology should have
> a high cost.

That is like saying that any scientist who comes up with a new
theory must pay a large fee to get published.  A much better option
is freedom of speech, but nobody is required to listen.  That's
what we have today:  anybody can design a new operating system,
programming language, or whatever.  But in practice, the majority
of people prefer to stick with their old familiar systems --
unless the new one is spectacularly better.

I believe the intent of this statement has been misinterpreted, I should have been clearer.

Cost in this context means that changing and admitting a novel core ontology should not be a trivial procedure. Of course everyone is free to articulate whatever they wish.When such a representation is at odds with the canon and represents a significant deviation from it - then it's addition to the shared computational conceptualization should be well justified.

I believe this mirrors current practice in terms of the admission of a novel interpretation within a field.


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