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Re: [ontac-forum] Semantics and Ontology and Semiotics

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 07:47:21 -0400
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Folks,    (01)

There is certainly room for disagreement on many issues,
but let's focus the disagreement on the issues themselves
and not make derogatory statements about anybody's character.    (02)

Re criticisms of mode of expression:    (03)

There are two fundamental points about criticism:    (04)

  1. Any educated reader who says that a statement is unclear is
     almost always right:  if they found it unclear, it's unclear.    (05)

  2. But anyone who tries to clarify someone else's unclear
     statement is almost always wrong:  if they found it unclear,
     they're unlikely to find the intended meaning in it.    (06)

Therefore, please accept any criticisms about something being
unclear by rephrasing the statement in a different way.  But
don't get angry over grammar.    (07)

John Sowa    (08)

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