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Re: [ontolog-forum] Is Philosophy Useful in Software Engineering Ontolog

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From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:35:44 -0400
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On 7/2/15 6:09 AM, Matthew West wrote:

Dear Kingsley,



On 6/30/15 9:21 PM, Chris Partridge wrote:

Not sure this is going to get us far, but I still cannot make much sense of "But the point is that none of it is about objective reality or objective truth.  It is about the world as seen by the people and software that have to communicate." Don't we see/sense the same world?

No we don't.

[MW>] That’s a big statement. Would you care to back it up with some evidence, rather than just assume it is a self evident truth?

That's Ed's fundamental point. The very same point made by John Sowa, Patrick Hayes and others --  in a variety of posts over the years.

[MW>] I’m not sure I’ve heard them say that either. Care to give specific quotes?


In my view it is a really big thing to say that we do not together inhabit some common world. We might experience it in different ways, but to say that what we experience is different is quite another thing.


Hi Matthew,

I am not saying we don't have commonality (of course we do). I am saying that we are fundamentally individuals, at the root (or fundamental core).

We accept or reject theories about the world. For instance, to communicate effectively we accept agree upon methods for systematic encoding and decoding information via signs, syntax, and semantics.


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