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Re: [ontac-forum] Rule Interchange Format group

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 23:16:05 -0500
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Paul,    (01)

That is not possible:    (02)

 > I will also be looking at ISO 13250 (Topic Maps) and
 > other standards where concepts are expressed without
 > logical apparatus.    (03)

Topic Maps do incorporate a version of logic, albeit
not a very expressive version of logic.    (04)

English incorporates a very, very rich version of logic.
In fact, *every* version of logic that any logician has
ever invented corresponds to some subset of English or
other natural language.    (05)

Whenever you express concepts in English, you're using
logic.  There are legitimate questions one can ask about
the usefulness of one version of logic vs. another.
But as my namesake, John the Evangelist, once said,    (06)

    In the beginning was the Logos.    (07)

Whenever you use language, you're using Logos.
You can't escape it.    (08)

John    (09)

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