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Re: article on URIs, is this material that can be used by the SWEO IG?

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 12:46:20 -0400
To: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Cc: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070612164620.GB7379@mercury.ccil.org>

Henry S. Thompson scripsit:

> _Mea culpa_.  It is clear that (a webarch:representation of (an image
> of Bill Clinton)), which is what you can get by issuing an HTTP GET for
> http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/cph/3c00000/3c07000/3c07700/3c07700r.jpg,
> is not (a webarch:representation of Bill Clinton), whatever ordinary
> language usage may suggest to the contrary.

Can we therefore conclude that nothing whatever is a
webarch:representation of Bill Clinton, since he is not a

> I continue to believe that clarifying the relationship between
> webarch language, e.g. webarch:identifies and webarch:represents, and
> both ordinary language usage and usage in the formal logic/philosophy
> of language traditions, would be helpful. . .

"In his wanderings, Loocus the Thinker one day comes across an unknown
object -- a woman.  Such a thing he has never seen before, and at first
he is wondrous thrilled at her likeness to himself; but then, slightly
scared of her as well, he cries to all the men about him, "Behold! I
can look upon her face, which is something she cannot do -- therefore
women can never be like me!"  And thus he proves man's superiority over
women, much to his relief, and that of his male companions.  Incidentally,
the same argument proves that Loocus is superior to all other males, as
well -- but he doesn't point that out to them.  The woman argues back:
"Yes, you can see my face, which is something I can't do -- but I can
see your face, which is something you can't do! We're even."  However,
Loocus comes up with an unexpected counter:  "I'm sorry, you're deluded
if you think you can see my face.  What you women do is not the same as
what we men do -- it is, as I have already pointed out, of an inferior
caliber, and does not deserve to be called by the same name.  You may call
it 'womanseeing'.  Now the fact that you can 'womansee' my face is of no
import, because the situation is not symmetric. You see?"  "I womansee,"
womanreplies the woman, and womanwalks away..."
        --Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid; Douglas Hofstadter

John Cowan    http://ccil.org/~cowan  cowan@ccil.org
The Penguin shall hunt and devour all that is crufty, gnarly and
bogacious; all code which wriggles like spaghetti, or is infested with
blighting creatures, or is bound by grave and perilous Licences shall it
capture.  And in capturing shall it replicate, and in replicating shall
it document, and in documentation shall it bring freedom, serenity and
most cool froodiness to the earth and all who code therein.  --Gospel of Tux
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