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RE: facts of reality, context, possible worlds

From: Rinke Hoekstra <rinke@lri.jur.uva.nl>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 19:49:57 +0100
To: "'Alexander Jerusalem'" <ajeru@vknn.org>, "'RDF-Interest'" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000501c2a20f$44a52d00$0a41c33e@Rhino>

| >| > Kant and some particle physicists claim that
| >| > consciousness creates reality -- i.e., that
| >| > their mathematical models ARE reality, and
| >| > that experimental measurements are only
| >| > approximations of that reality.  I say that
| >| > experimental measurements ARE reality, and
| >| > mathematical models are only approximations
| >| > of that reality.
| >|
| >| I prefer the idea of giving Kant, particle physicists, yourself and
Ayn
| >| Rand
| >| the tools they need to express their differing opinions about
reality
| and
| >| then let them battle it out rather than creating a tool out of a
single
| >| view
| >| of reality.
| >|
| >
| >Good remark.
| >The thing is, KR has an internalized (implicit)
ontology/epistemology,
| >whereas RDF(S) has a minimalist approach: it allows you to make your
own
| >ontological commitments. I think it wouldn't be such a big effort to
| >define some constructs in RDF to reflect "standard" constructs of KR.
| 
| Wouldn't that be exactly the role of layers above RDF. Like DAML?
| 
| 

Yes, thank you for pointing that out. Please read "some constructs in
RDF" as "some constructs on top of RDF".

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