November 08, 2007

superPOST (#100)

What exists?

on·to·logy - noun

the study of conceptions of reality and the nature of being.

on·to·log·i·cal - adjective

  1. Of or relating to ontology.
  2. Of or relating to essence or the nature of being.
  3. Of or relating to the argument for the existence of God holding that the existence of the concept of God entails the existence of God.

In the 11th century Anselm argued the existence of God a priori (from what comes before). Without a lot of philosophy jargon: God exists because the concept of God exists (see definition #3 above). A similar ontological foundation was put forth by Descartes hundreds of years later: "I think, therefore I am."

Two holes:
a. this argument limits the being of God to a human cognitive scale
b. the concept of a unicorn also exists

What exists?
Tacos, enchiladas, chile rellenos, and Grey Goose Le'Citron

A fine meal served at La Tolteca Express, particularly notable since I was the only patron in the entire restaurant.

"Hell is other people."
- Sartre

. .. ... .. . .. ... .. . .. And For Good Measure ... .. . .. ... .. . .. ... .. .

"Two of the greatest poker minds." Bear in mind that they're playing with their own CASH. That's what makes GSN's "High Stakes Poker" the best on television. Also Gabe Kaplan's masterful commentary.

If you really want to feel sick (or schadenfreude), check out this hand between Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu.

1 comment:

Tina said...

Some other definitions of ontology:

1. a study of the ultimate nature of things

2. the study of the broadest range of categories of existence

3. In both computer science and information science, an ontology is a data model that represents a set of concepts within a domain and the relationships between those concepts. It is used to reason about the objects within that domain

4. a hierarchical classification system that is used to organize information within a database