Here are a few more comments, made as a result of reading the posts of Mark Murray and Ed Stansfiled.
Hello Dr. Goldsbury,
I wanted to submit the name of a book to you: Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson.
PAG. As I stated earlier, I looked at the Wikipedia article. Purely on the basis of this article, I do not believe that Stephenson's assumptions about semantics are any different from, e.g., Tolkien's or J K Rowling's. That is, he writes in English and makes the same assumptions about semantics that are made by pretty well everyone who reads this column. Anyway, I will reserve further comments until I have read the book.
Oh yes, Last thing.
And, FWIW, I thought DH's post above was spot on. I would very much find any attempt to address the concerns/topics fascinating.
Thank you, and with much respect,
PAG. Yes, perhaps one might rephrase the concerns: Would you ever buy a used car from Takeda, or Deguchi, or Sagawa, or even Ueshiba? What kind of arguments do you think they would use to persuade you? Would you be convinced by them? (In this respect, the car dealer skits in The Fast Show
are essential viewing.)