SUO: Re: Zeroth Order Ontology
ZOO. Discussion Note 15
Murray, Tom, et al.
In catching up with the backlog of old notes on several threads and
in considering some of your off-list remarks, I realize that it may
be a good thing to review the genealogy or the subgoal hierarchy of
the present thread. My attention span has been so short throughout
the course of my life that I've been forced to devise a large array
of mnemonic devices of an artifactual nature, of which my acronymic
hash codes are but the tip of my cold storage iceberg. Among these
are the trees that I use to record the pragmatic genealogies of all
my objects and objectives.
Here is what I have for the thematic evolution of the ZOO filiation:
@ MI. Missing Ingredients
o SIO. Semantic Integration Objectives
o FIL. Formalization In Layers
o ZOO. Zeroth Order Ontology
A few of these themes arose in discussion and were developed,
either explicitly or implicitly, through numerous generations,
mutations, and natural or nutural selections, for quite a while,
before they came to be assigned differential nomens of their own.
Under the prompting of Jim's Missing Ingredients directive,
an early chorus of wide-ranging consensus, unusual in its
scope for our usual polyphony, chimed in on the theme of
Semantic Inter-Operability, both within and between the
acutely tensed modes of "axiomatic conceptual" versus
"empirical statistical" or "data relational" bases.
Pursuant to the call for "bottom up" approaches to the SIO problem,
I introduced the standard paradigm whose name is legion but that I
am calling "Formalization In Layers" (FIL). The initial lamina of
calculus in the most deeply enscounced oyster of this worldview is
the system that folklore aptly gives the name "Zeroth Order Logic",
and its applications to ontology are naturally enough described as
"Zeroth Order Ontology".
Obviously, there's still a lot to do in the way of
assembling the alimentary ingredients of this stew,
or soup, or haggis, or borsch, or hash, or pudding,
or pasty, or gumbo, or chop-suo, ..., well, assign
the rest to the disputanda of your own disgestions.