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Re: [ontolog-forum] Need advice - Request a quick opinion on ontology la

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 15:26:55 -0400
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On 5/31/2011 1:07 PM, Duane Nickull wrote:
> Many in the IEEE now consider CI ( Computational Intelligence) as a more
> appropriate moniker for AI (ref:http://www.ieee-cis.org/).    (01)

When a name has been established for any period of time, the only effect
of changing names is to confuse people.  Usually, the reason for that
confusion is to avoid letting people know where the original name
comes from.  For example, Blackwater changed their name to Xe Services.    (02)

Another example is the behaviorists' attempt to replace the name
psychology with behaviorism because they didn't like the idea
of a psyche.    (03)

Other examples are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is a meaningful
name historically and geographically, to the meaningless name UTC.
Supposedly the U in UTC means universal, but it's not universal.
It is still defined in terms of the Greenwich mean, and its only
effect is to confuse people.    (04)

Other historically frivolous changes are AD -> CE and BC -> BCE.
Some people decided to create that confusion because they did
not want an association with Christ.  Yet those same people are
willing to keep names like Wednesday, Thursday, or January,
despite their association with Wotan, Thor, and Janus.    (05)

In any case, my attitude about the acronym CI is a great big PIFFLE.
It's a historically frivolous change that does nothing but confuse
people.    (06)

John    (07)

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