Jack Park
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Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 13:40:16 -0700

Mr. Rod Welch
The Welch Company
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San Francisco, CA 94111 2496

Subject:   Mary Keeler's Writings


[Responding to your letter shown below...] The only url I have on Mary's work is...


She has been working with John F. Sowa on KR issues for some time now. It may be that you could probe her for a definition of knowledge when she talks.


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Date: Monday, May 15, 2000 1:18 PM

From:   Rod Welch

To:     Park, Jack

Subject:   Mary Keeler's Writings


Glad that Mary will be talking to the DKR team at SRI on Thursday. This will get us into the subject of :knowledge" and KM. It would be very helpful to get a good record of her presentation, and how it correlates to project objectives. You indicate her field is philosophy, does this include cognitive science, i.e., anything like Landauer's LSA stuff?

Joe Williams mentions in a letter on May 10 that Doug disclosed at the meeting on May 4 having been turned down by NSF because his proposal for a research grant did not define "knowledge." This supports Doug's call for the team to work on this, and so Mary's expertise will undoubtedly be helpful. There is big difference in the way "knowledge" is discussed in philosophy, as in epistemology, and in cognitive science which deals with mechanics of processing sensory data into higher forms. My feeling is that we need both aspects of "knowledge" to augment human intelligence. Can Mary comment on how to synthesize these differences?

You have probably done this already, but can you point to her work that seems relevant to the DKR effort?




Rod Welch