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RE: facts of reality, context, possible worlds

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 12:16:46 -0000
To: "RDF-Interest" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBLCBLIMDOPKMOPHLHEEBPELAA.jon@spin.ie>

> 1. the purpose of the Semantic Web
> a. Dick: to provide man and machine with easy access to the facts of
reality.
> b. Pat: is to make propositional content available to machine processing
on the Web.
> ##### Let's take one step back & get our priorities straight.
> ##### The purpose of the internet/Semantic Web is to facilitate
communication between men.
> ##### The purpose of machine is to assist men.

The purpose of the Semantic Web is to facilitate communication between
machines, not humans. Obviously the purpose of that is that we can use that
to build applications of value to humans, but that's a different level.

> 4. meaning and "tabula rasa"
> a. Dick: The meaning of this KR proposition is immediately obvious to any
> English-speaking adult.
> at view=tabula rasa { Dick isa person; Dick has sex=male }
> b. Pat: ... it isn't to me, for example (I have no idea what you mean by
> 'tabula rasa'); ...
> #####  Excellent point.  I think it would be understandable if I deleted
> "at view=tabula rasa {" and "}".
> ##### "tabula rasa" specifies the meaning of isa, has, person, sex, male
> ##### (and existent, attribute, action, relation, proposition, haspart,
do, ...)

Your tabula doesn't seem to be entirely rasa then :)
Received on Wednesday, 11 December 2002 07:09:03 GMT

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