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Re: What is truth anyways? was: Re: MISC: Internet Media Type registration: proposed TAG finding

From: Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 20:33:51 -0400
To: www-rdf-logic@w3.org
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[patrick hayes]
[to Jim Hendler]

> I know you have a built-in aversion to anything called "logic". This
> is a problem that you  need to come to terms with, and I sincerely
> hope that you eventually manage to work your way through it. However,
> in the meantime, I still want my bank to use software that conforms
> to a very carefully checked protocol for transmitting
> machine-readable content. If you have found a better way to be
> precise about meaning, by all means put it forward as a suggestion;
> but for Gods sake don't imply that "social agreements" must be
> expressed in poetry and metaphor, and therefore the computers can all
> make up their own minds about whether it is true that
> Overdrawn PatHayes _:x .
> _:x date "6_12_02" .

You aren't going to get away from metaphor that easily!  Your phrase
"conforms to" is itself a metaphor.  "Put it forward" is a metaphor. It's
almost impossible for people to think and talk without metaphor, and
probably those metaphors help the thinking.

Cheers,

Tom P
Received on Wednesday, 12 June 2002 20:32:38 GMT

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