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Nominalism versus Ontology

Most nominalist arguments are straightforwardly wrong, but not for the usual reasons that universals and/or abstracta are said by realists to exist, but for the opposite reason: types and abstracta are ‘just there’, even if they don’t ‘exist’, in the sense of being spatio-temporally concretised. The real problem is that we misuse the word ‘exists’ at least half the time in philosophy. Continue reading

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Semantic scalability – the core challenge in e-health?

A few months ago I posted on what makes a standard or set of standards in e-health investible. The headline requirements I can summarise as follows: platform-based: the standards must work together in a single coherent technical ecosystem, based on … Continue reading

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Does anyone actually understand what terminology is for?

I really wonder sometimes. A few months ago, an international organisation that has been looking at how to solve the requirement for scalable, sustainable content modelling (research data sets) did some trialling on the use of archetypes. This worked fine … Continue reading

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