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Re: [ontology-summit] Constructive Engagement

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 15:17:05 -0500
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Mike U. wrote:
> I'm detecting a tone of agression/defensiveness in recent messages.
> I see phrases like:
> * 'to say X is absurd' and
> * 'this style of long-winded argument by attrition'.
> * 'arrogance',
> * 'tacky'
> * 'cheap potshot'    (01)

Well, *now* I'm feeling defensive! :-)  I would ordinarily overlook  
or even enjoy a well-turned potshot, but I believe that someone with  
Tom's near legendary stature in this community has a greater  
responsibility, in the context of this discussion, to make his case  
with arguments instead of cheap rhetoric. "philosophers and other  
dialectic sportsmen" (which for some reason didn't make your list)  
indiscriminately dismisses the earnest contributions of a large  
subset of the ontology community out of hand as an irrelevant  
hindrance to genuine progress.  *Even if* that is so (I'm in fact to  
some extent sympathetic), it is an issue that deserves sober and  
respectful discussion.    (02)

-chris    (03)

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