|From:||William Frank <williamf.frank@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:31:36 -0400|
I am especially interested in your mentioning Donald Davidson as a source for "Treating Events as First Class Entities."
Computer science mostly seems to have taken the position that only the entities that are primarily nouns in Indo-European lanaguages should be regared as entitites.
On grounds of practicality, this is unlikely a good approach, for, as what started this thread, the organization of the things that we ask services to do (peform actions) is almost as important as what we ask them to do it to (some passive data entitites)
On grounds of fundamentals, which when ignored, tend to lead to practical problems later, it is unlikely that just because some group of people tend to *view* certain sequences of observable phenomina as representing a "Thing" and others of them as representing an "event" is not, to me, a difference in kind. In both cases, we can make more than one observation over time, and say, that is the same walk that Sebasitan has been on for the last hour, this is the same hurricane he was walking in, as easily as that is the hat he is wearing. I do seem to vaguely recall that there are northwest North American Indian languages that do not make any distinction between these kinds of cases. "Being John Malkovich" and "being the eating of a salmon by a bear" are, in this language, each regarded as "things" or alternatively, are both regarded as "events" (since no difference is made between the two). Both events take some time, one event simply take much longer than the other. Perhaps the difference is really only in the number of relations that are required to define the event as it is thought of. Three for the eating, only one for John.
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