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Re: Denotation of URIs

From: Seth Russell <seth@robustai.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 11:21:27 -0700
Message-ID: <3E95B627.2010206@robustai.net>
To: Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com
CC: pfps@research.bell-labs.com, www-rdf-interest@w3.org

Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com wrote:

>I just don't see how it is possible to reconcile the two views
>that (a) ambiguity of denotation is bad and should be avoided,
>eliminated, fixed and (b) ambiguity of denotation is fine and
>acceptable.
>

Ambiguity of denotion is bad relative to what?  Now I agree it is bad 
relative to binary logic ... in fact I believe that binary logic cannot 
cope with that ambiguity ... am I correct in that belief?  But such 
ambiguity is not necessarily bad relative to 3 state logic where the 
third state is interperted as "Surprise" or "Error" and that state  
tells us that the law of the excluded middle cannot be applied in the 
current context.  Is 3 state logic not a possible way out of this morass ?

http://robustai.net/mentography/3laws.jpg
Seth Russell
Received on Thursday, 10 April 2003 14:21:51 GMT

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