Definition of "telecommunications"
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 11:47:08 +1100
Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>Stewart, you surprise me.
>If I ask a friend to pass on a message to my sister the next time she sees
>her in Manchester, is that not communicating over distance? Is that
>telecommunications, in the sense meant?
>There will always be problems with definitions as long as they involve
>words. Everything is relative and circular. That doesn't mean we cannot
>agree on something, as long as it is not cast in stone and made absolute. A
>shared understanding is more important than the words used.
It's a hoary old problem in concept learning.
I think it was the Polish philosopher Tadeusz Kotarbinski who said:
"You don't have to be able to define a sparrow to recognise one."
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