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Re: Storing data and code in a Db with LISP-like interface

From: Marshall Spight <marshall.spight_at_gmail.com>
Date: 30 Mar 2006 07:28:07 -0800
Message-ID: <1143732487.477705.155990@g10g2000cwb.googlegroups.com>


topmind wrote:
> Ken Tilton wrote:
> >
> > The world is not columns and rows, so you are forcing an unnatural
> > representation onto your data.
>
> The world is a big tangled graph/network.

Neither of these is true. The world is an approximate sphere with an outer silicate solid crust, a highly viscous mantle, a liquid outer core that is much less viscous than the mantle, and a solid inner core. The liquid outer core gives rise to a weak magnetic field due to the convection of its electrically conductive material.*

Nowhere in the physical world will you find a mathematical object. Directly comparing anything physical to anything mathematical is invalid.

The question of what kind of mathematical structure is best suited for a particular task is a good one. The question of which one is most like "the Real World(tm)" or "the way the Human Mind works" is not useful, and won't get you anywhere.

Marshall

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