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Re: Evidence

From: Smith, Barry <phismith@buffalo.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 10:33:15 +0200
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>, samwald@gmx.at
Cc: Waclaw Kusnierczyk <Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk@idi.ntnu.no>, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Message-ID: <E1I0x7h-0005VN-B9@aji.w3.org>

At 02:29 PM 6/18/2007, Alan Ruttenberg wrote:

>On Jun 12, 2007, at 3:53 PM, samwald@gmx.at wrote:
>>Hi Waclaw,
>>>Matthias, if you look carefully at BFO, you'll see that roles are
>>>entities.  This means that evidences, as roles, are entities.
>>Of course. I just wanted to differentiate that an experiment is not
>>an instance of any class called 'evidence' (in other words, an
>>experiment 'is not' evidence). Instead, it should be associated
>>with an 'evidence-role'.
>The only problem with this is that roles inhere in continuants rather
>than in occurrents. One way around this is not to say that evidence
>is an experiment, but rather the results of an experiment.

This seems exactly right to me -- evidence has to be a continuant, 
not only because it is a role, but also because it has to be provided 
(gained) and then used (conceivably by many separate groups in many 
separate endeavours).
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