Peter T. Daniels wrote (27-12-2009 21:23): > On Dec 27, 3:50 pm, garabik-news-2005...@kassiopeia.juls.savba.sk > wrote: >> In sci.lang Peter T. Daniels<gramma...@verizon.net> wrote: >> >>> On Dec 26, 12:57 pm, garabik-news-2005...@kassiopeia.juls.savba.sk >>> wrote: >>>> In sci.lang Peter T. Daniels<gramma...@verizon.net> wrote: >> >>>>> Didn't you learn in science that definition by enumeration is >>>>> unacceptable? >> >>>> On the contrary, in mathematics, definition by enumerating axioms >>>> is THE acceptable way (granted, you probably did not mean _this_)... >> >>> I meant listing all the examples you know of, and not mentioning >>> anything similar that might, but doesn't, fit the pattern. >> >> I know. It depends on to what extent you consider terminology to make part >> of a science discipline. E.g., let me see... in geography, you might define >> Earth continents by, well, enumerating them. > > Is "continent" a technical term in geography?
It is in geology, but not at all with the geographical meaning, and not defined by enumeration (e.g. 'Siberia' is a continent since it fits some criteria).