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Re: [ontolog-forum] A minor point I noticed

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From: Ronald Stamper <stamper.measur@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:18:53 +0000
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Thank you someone for the pointer to Datomics where I found this:  “Datomic info model: a set of facts … things that have happened  . . .  while the past may be forgotten, it is immutable.”

Not so.  Along with directives, assertions etc, we also have, among our speech acts, palinodes to annul or retract propositions used to understand the world we share.  The trodden foot may be expunged effectively from memory by a sincere apology; a court of appeal may quash a conviction etc. In the social world we continually make mistakes and not infrequently act on them irreversibly.  We must take care not to base our information systems, most of which have social implications, on idealised physical theories. 

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