|To:||John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>|
|From:||William Frank <williamf.frank@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:25:29 -0400|
On Thu, September 27, 2012 09:41, John F Sowa wrote:
Of course, only I hesitate to say "part" here. Rather, another whole perspective, on the whole, not on a part. how many parts does that cow have? Well, it has a body, a personality, and a milk giving capability???? I would not expect such an answer.
John, my question was Rhetorical. I imagined that people would relate it to your Rom Harre quote, and realize: no, a body is not a ***part*** of an animal. From one single perspective, it IS the WHOLE animal But this is only one dimension, one facet, one viewpoint, perspective, take your pick. maybe the perspective of a butcher, for example. BUT, when you put on the glasses of thinking about people or dogs or cows as social beings, then you find they have personalities, character, friends, enemies, etc.. And the parts of THESE are of a very different nature than the parts of their bodies.
There are **correspondences** between the things that can be observed from these different viewpoints. Doctors, for example, might use personality change as a phenominon to predict a disease, or knowledge of the presence of the disease to predict a personailty change. So too with mechanics diagnosing the behavior of a car, or the reverse, predicting car behavior from car mechanical state.
I agree that the functions you cite are emergent properties of the whole, that can only emerge under certain conditiions.
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