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From: "Timur Rozenfeld" <>
Subject: Symbols, Rationality and Logic
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 09:35:56 -0600

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>Symbols are not the world, nor is language of any
>kind the world. If rationality is the same as logic, then rationality
>cannot deal with everything in the world. (But then do we want that
>to be true? ie. rationality =3D=3D logic?).

If you equate the term symbols with concepts, then symbols are not the world, 
but are constructs of the mind that represent aspects of the =

world. A language puts symbols into audio-visual concrete units that can be used
to build knowledge.

Rationality and logic are not the same. Logic is non-contradictory 
identification, a tool used by humans to understand the world, whereas =

rationality is a frame of mind or acquired character trait, where the 
application of reason becomes part of one's life.

As for the fact that logic cannot deal with everything in the world, I don't 
understand what the statement means.

Timur Rozenfeld

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