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Re: [ontolog-forum] Universal Basic Semantic Structures

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From: John Bottoms <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:45:21 -0400
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Wm,    (01)

What happened to the universal called "undetermined". I thought that was 
the place where things were put that could not be classified.    (02)

It seems that without "undetermined" you get into an ontological bind. 
It may be that some entity can be identified by some property or 
attribute, but not sufficiently to classify it properly until new 
methods are acquired.    (03)

That give the tyro explorer time to ask "Mom, what is this?" Once she 
provides additional data the classification can be completed.    (04)

-John Bottoms
  FirstStar Systems
  Concord, MA USA    (05)

On 9/26/2012 5:45 PM, Pat Hayes wrote:
> On Sep 26, 2012, at 1:10 PM, William Frank wrote:
>>   Try to imagine a thing you could not classify at all.  I just can't.  
>Please describe such a thing you have imagined to me.
> Consider a point in space, somewhere in the room you happen to be in. Make it 
>reasonably near several ordinary objects. The thing I describe is the 
>mereological sum of all, and only, the stuff inside a sphere centered on that 
>point, with a radius of 24 inches, at precisely 10:22 pm on the 27 September 
>2012, GMT.
> Pat Hayes
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