I suggest that a gaggle of humans can agree on things they don't understand in
the following sense.
Background: A Goal is something to which you commit because you understand how
to achieve it. A Stretch Goal is something to which you commit even though you
don't understand what is involved let alone what effort will be required, when.
You commit to a stretch goal because you understand that achieving it it
relevant and significant.
This means that some members of the gaggle who don't understand the goal will
'sign up' to pursuing the stretch goal.
In the context of helping a prospect traverse Awareness, Appreciation and
Acceptance of the need for better, faster, cheaper knowledge exchange we can
help them understand the goal even if they don't understand ontology let alone
I do not assume we disagree about this but I did want to highlight the notion
that getting prospect commitment to LEARN is a key.
On Mar 2, 2011, at 10:10 AM, John F. Sowa wrote: (01)
> Jack and Mike,
> I agree with that point, but I'd like to add some qualifications:
>> The primary purpose of a semantic model is to facilitate knowledge
>> exchange and choice making in a gaggle of humans in hopes of
>> morphing the gaggle into a system. A key usage is to inform the
>> development of an executable ontology, e.g., application software,
>> for automation of information flow and decision. Another key purpose
>> is to provide a basis for objective assessment of enterprise
>> situation (aka evidence-based management).
>> Yes, this is the kind of thing I'm after.
> The primary qualification is that the "gaggle of humans" can only
> agree on what they understand. The people who work in a field
> can all agree that a list of familiar words, as documented in
> their familiar texts, cover their familiar subject matter.
> But when ontologists start to axiomatize those terms in some
> arcane notation based on some arcane distinctions about
> endurants, perdurants, continuants, etc., all bets are off.
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