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Re: [ontolog-forum] Universal Basic Semantic Structures

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:26:51 -0400
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On 9/26/2012 11:04 PM, William Frank wrote:
> my point is that when you /describe/ something, you are ipso facto
> classifying it. That is just what a description does. It specifies the
> set of things that fit the description, even if that is a singleton.
> In particular, I think you [Pat] HAVE classified the thing, as something
> localizable in space and spherical in shape, and occupying a particular
> position at a particular time.   this distinguishes it from Pakistan,
> topology, hurricane Dora, my brother, and many other things that do not
> fit the classifier you created.    (01)

I agree with William on this point.    (02)

If you can describe something, you are assembling patterns that
have been previously experienced and classified.  That particular
combination may be novel, but the process of combination creates
a new pattern that classifies it.    (03)

John    (04)

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