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Old 03-28-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Another interesting article, this one on syllogisms and other mind traps: “The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview” by Clay Shirky.

   
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"This 5-line syllogism is the best critique of the Semantic Web ever published, as its illustrates the kind of world we would have to live in for this form of reasoning to work, a world where language is merely math done with words."

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I thought someone would like that!

   
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Hmm, some really muddled reasoning in there. And don't forget that this was written in 2003 - it's 6 years later now and the Semantic Web has progressed. In spite of what Shirky seems to want to imply.

   
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Hmm, some really muddled reasoning in there. And don't forget that this was written in 2003 - it's 6 years later now and the Semantic Web has progressed. In spite of what Shirky seems to want to imply.
I wondered at the significance of the date as well.

I read a bit of Wikipedia on semantic web, and now my eyes are crossed.

   
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So let it rest for a bit? It's a BIG subject, really.

   
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So let it rest for a bit? It's a BIG subject, really.
Yeah. I noticed.

I went and made dough for a focaccia instead of reading; fixed my eyes, anyway!

   
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