Friday, September 21, 2007

Hoisted from Comments: Don't Try This At Home!

In comments in one of our "Understanding Objectivist Jargon" entries on the so-called "Conceptual Common Denominator", former Objectivist Ken Stauffer reports on his doomed attempts to actually apply a Randian concept to reality:
"I've spent untold hours trying to convert the precise sounding CCD into a computer language for A.I. applications. I stared at her definition of CCD trying to extract every possible meaning. And really when you move beyond tables it leads nowhere. It doesn't even handle tables.

In the end it is profound sounding collection of words that can make the one think that words and concepts are now mathematically precise. But this really isn't the case. She just means "similarity" as this website points out."