Linda Smith's work in developmental psychology is quite
interesting to ontologists. Her research in the development of
whole/part recognition in children is particularly intriguing.
This study is one of many that show how the semantics of natural
language is grounded in the neural mechanisms of perception and action.
Isn't that what the symbol grounding problem is all about?
When I try to use ontologies to do something useful in a computer a
frequently have to overcome the problem of converting data patterns
into symbols and symbols into actions. There is still relatively
little research in how to bridge this semantic gap, if you
considering how important it is.
Sandro Rama Fiorini
Institute of Informatics
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
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