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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ockham's razor should not be used as a butcher knife

To: "Nadin, Mihai" <nadin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Thomas Johnston <tmj44p@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:57 +0000 (UTC)
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Things are a bit more nuanced ...

True. But for anything that can be said, there is always something more nuanced that can be said about it. And sometimes there is a different context in which that additional nuance does useful work. But I doubt that the brief exchanges here and today among Jack, you and myself, are such a context. So I wouldn't agree with any suggestion that the brief exchanges among us require, or would even be improved by, additional nuance.

Sometimes nuance is nuisance.

On Thursday, July 23, 2015 2:35 PM, "Nadin, Mihai" <nadin@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Thomas Johnston:
to affect the future that we anticipate
Things are a bit more nuanced: we deal with the future in a variety of ways. Indeed: to guess, to expect, to forecast, premonition, foresight and prediction are different. And anticipation is different from all I mentioned (left out prolepsis, and a bunch of others).
Temporal predictions in the brain inform many of our choices. These are autonomic processes.
Steve Newcomb:
Wry aside: "Life is what happens while we're making other plans." -- attributed to John Lennon
After reading the short note in Medicalxpress (and probably some of my work on anticipation) you would laugh even more.
Mihai Nadin

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