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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontology vs KR

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 01:58:40 -0400
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Rich,    (01)

The verb 'handle' is extremely vague (or at least underspecified).
In most cases, it means, approximately, "do something with".    (02)

> Any propositional representation in any language,natural or artificial,
> is an approximation that is based on some "interesting position on the
> tradeoff".  But there is no limit to the number and kinds of tradeoffs
> for different purposes.  Peirce's "twin gates" of perception and action
> determine the symbol grounding for any and all representations.    (03)

> Then you seem to believe that perception and action (i.e., embodied agent
> with such) handle all designation of the vocabulary used to describe what
> was perceived and what action(s) were performed.    (04)

The discussions about symbol grounding ask how words and other symbols
relate to the world, directly or indirectly.  Peirce, Wittgenstein,
and others said that the meaning is based on or derived from the
way those symbols are related to perception and action.    (05)

For concrete words like 'dog' or 'jump', the connections are direct.
For abstractions like 'justice', the connections are more complex
and indirect.  But to be meaningful, an abstract concept like Justice
must have some implications for the way people perceive situations and
act within them.    (06)

John    (07)

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