The Disposition of Information LO29544

From: Benjamin Compton (
Date: 11/21/02

Replying to LO29538 --

At --

You write:

"As for me, i have written repeatedly that i avoid using definitions
because it prevents the evolution of my thoughts."

Which I find interesting, because I've held to a life-long belief that all
each word -- with the exception of pronouns -- define a concept. Therefore
the better one can define a word, the more clearly one can think.

You seem to be saying that by avoiding definitions, your thoughts are more
free to evolve. But if you don't use definitions, then how do you know
what you're thinking at all? How do you conceptualize -- integrate
abstractions -- without definitions?

And the statement doesn't seem to hold true entirely, as you make a
distinction between knowledge and information. Such a distinction is made
because each of these words has a different definition, and therefore
describes or defines a different concept.

Therefore I'm left to assume that I've misunderstood what you've said. Can
you clarify your assertion on this point?


Benjamin Compton <>

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