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Re: [ontolog-forum] Self Interest Ontology

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:08:19 -0500
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On Aug 18, 2011, at 4:06 AM, Richard Vines wrote:
> I think these comments were addressed to me.    (01)

That would be the natural assumption, since they were in response to a message 
that you posted.    (02)

>  It seems that the genre below is not invitational ...    (03)

Not sure what an "invitational" genre is.  Were you looking for explicit 
requests for you to respond to my comments?  The way these conversations 
usually go is that X raises an objection to something Y says (for example, to 
the idea that incommensurability is a useful concept) and Y freely replies. Y 
needn't wait for X to issue an invitation.    (04)

> We often think of scientific ideas, such as Darwin's theory of evolution, as 
>fixed notions that are accepted as finished.    (05)

I really cannot imagine that anyone who knows the least thing about the natural 
sciences thinks that.    (06)

> In fact, Darwin's On the Origin of Species evolved over the course of several 
>editions he wrote, edited, and updated during his lifetime.    (07)

As happens with any significant scientific theory.    (08)

> Thanks for the bits that were helpful.    (09)

You're most welcome.  And, likewise, thank you for the bits that made sense.    (010)

> Curious term - 'ontology engineering'.    (011)

For better or worse, it's been around for at least 20 years.  Although I have 
to say I don't know why you find it curious.  It's particularly apropos insofar 
as it highlights the fact that ontologies, in the sense relevant here, are 
artifacts that are designed, constructed, and maintained and, if done 
correctly, are built upon sound methodological and mathematical foundations.    (012)

-cm    (013)

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