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Ontology, Venn diagrams, and the TSA

Posted by Richard on January 16, 2011

I saw Touching Your Junk: An Ontological Complaint at the end of December. I managed to save my Firefox session history after my computer meltdown. Today, I finally reinstalled FF, and when I fired it up and reloaded my last session, there it was. I think it's marvelous. Check it out.

No, don't just click the link, look at the first Venn diagram, and move on. The author of the post (Zarf) found it wanting, analyzed it, deconstructed it, and finally created a proper Venn diagram that captured the intent of the original. I think he did a bang-up job, and I really got a kick out of it. If you're at all into ontology (when was the last time you saw the phrase "into ontology"?), I think you'll like it, too.

I'm afraid I don't recall who pointed me to it, so no hat tip.

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2 Responses to “Ontology, Venn diagrams, and the TSA”

  1. David Bryant said

    ”I don’t recall who pointed me to it, so no hat tip.”

    It was Jed Baer, who came to breakfast on New Year’s Day, and sent an e-mail on January 5 responding to our brief discussion of Bertrand Russell’s “set of all sets” paradox.

  2. rgcombs said

    Ah, yes — Jed. And early January, not the end of December.

    Sigh. I think my brain is full. And every time I take a sip of single-malt Scotch, a few more neurons die, and I lose another memory.

    Thanks, David!

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