Thursday, February 16, 2006

Good Names

dialectic "The aim of the dialectical method, often known as dialectic or dialectics, is to try to resolve the disagreement through rational discussion. One way — the Socratic method — is to show that a given hypothesis (with other admissions) leads to a contradiction; thus, forcing the withdrawal of the hypothesis as a candidate for truth. Another way of trying to resolve a disagreement is by denying some presupposition of the contending thesis and antithesis; thereby moving to a third (syn)thesis."

This was my suggestion (roughly anyway) for TMex - Tucana's metadata extractor - the idea being of combining everything to reach new conclusions (it also included TKS). And how did Kowari get its name? Real kowaris are small, furry, endangered and ruthlessly efficient - there seemed to be a perfect fit. Real ones also live for up to six years (which seems overly ambitious now) and don't need to drink water (I don't think there's any parallel there).
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