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Subject: [humanmarkup] New Base Schema Elements and Attributes - belief

Hi Everyone,

Up and at 'em, campers! (or, Good Morning HumanMarkup!) Here is my 
first pass at the alphabetically first new element.


This is an abstract ComplexType element that belongs to the attribute 
group humlIdentifierAtts. It does not use other elements and is not 
used by other elements.

It is described as a conviction held by a human or humanGroup of the 
truth of a statement or assertion, or set of statements or 
assertions. Assertions need not be verbal. A set of statements or 
assertions can be seen to be beliefSystems, or signSystems and as 
such are expected to be developed further

Note: According to my dictionary there appear to be two main types or 
kinds of belief: a habitual state of mind and an evaluation of 
evidence. They are not mutually exclusive. The extensive discussions 
we have had will largely come to bear on how belief is developed by 
kinds or types and as beliefSystems amd/or signSystems which will 
also certainly be included in cultural descriptions.

Aspects of belief include considerations of truth that may be 
contrary to any given belief, and it may well be that our definition 
of belief needs to be carefully annotated so that it is understood as 
separate from what might be thought of as "objective" truth. As such, 
it provides a way to separate a human's belief from truth per se, so 
that the relationship between a human's belief or beliefSystem can be 
correlated to that human's communications and other actions without 
regard for whether the belief or beliefSystem is more or less 
objectively accurate or true.

I have tried to keep this atomistic level definition of belief as 
neutral as possible, which I believe (gack!) is necessary. I use the 
word believe here to establish a relative evaluation of the 
usefulness of the Primary Base Element itself as a foundation for 
further derived and extended elements in the Secondary Base Schema.

Heads UP: I will be shortly posting an example of how I am going to 
correlate our carefully threaded discussions with the Primary Base 
Schema to show how we arrived at our specification.

Can we stand so much fun?

Rex Brooks
Starbourne Communications Design
1361-A Addison, Berkeley, CA 94702 *510-849-2309
http://www.starbourne.com * rexb@starbourne.com

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