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Re: N3 contexts vs RDF reification

From: Seth Russell <seth@robustai.net>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 14:57:36 -0700
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To: "SWKR" <swkr@sw.blogspace.com>, "Murray Altheim" <altheim@eng.sun.com>
Cc: "pat hayes" <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>, "Guha" <guha@alpiri.com>, "Tim Berners-Lee" <timbl@w3.org>, "RDF-IG" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, "Lee Jonas" <lee.jonas@cakehouse.co.uk>
From: "Murray Altheim" <altheim@eng.sun.com>

> > [1] http://robustai.net/mentography/TheLilyDone2Ways.gif
>
> Seth, I think your approach to this is quite interesting, but it's not
> really addressing two points philosophically, though this shouldn't be
> taken as a criticism because I don't know that it's *possible*. If you
> read Paul Prueitt's and Kevin Johnson's replies to me today on the
> topicmapmail@infoloom.com list, Paul at least agrees from a more formal
> ontological perspective, and Kevin's input seems to move in the same
> direction. Fun stuff nevertheless, and I think some good ideas are
> flowing.
>
> The two points are these:
>
>   1. You can't bridge the gap between reality and representation
>      of reality. ...[good stuff snipped...]  There's a great flaw in
>      believing one can capture universal truths inside of limited
>      representation systems, though this has never stopped anyone
>      from trying.

I totally agree.  But what you can do is to close ~a~ world, represent
things which are outside of the world with nodes which are inside of it, and
then encourage a communitiy of such worlds to communicate.  Please see my
thesis diagarm [2].

[2] http://robustai.net/mentography/CoherentExperience.gif

I have no commont on your second point .. perhaps it is out of my field of
expertise and\or interest.

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Seth Russell
Received on Tuesday, 8 May 2001 18:03:04 GMT

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