If the word monkey represents a formal system, then the dictionary definition for monkey becomes the description of that system. Such a definition is called metadata, and Gödel's proofs demand it remain separate from the system it attempts to describe.
In MUDzilla, metadata is represented by a collection of objects called the MUDzilla Class Library (MCL) These objects describe the characteristics of all objects within the MUDzilla object model. The separation of the metadata from the formal system it describes is enforced through the use of two separate key systems for identifying objects within the model. Metadata objects, which are managed by the MUDzilla Object Profiler, are identified by their
property. All other objects are identified by their object keys, expressed by the
It should be noted in the formal system called evolution, the "chicken or egg" question becomes soluble using this notion of metadata. One day, the immediate evolutionary precursor to a chicken laid an egg that contained a chicken. The egg came first, and the new chicken's DNA represents the chicken's metadata.
For more information on Kurt Gödel, see http://www.clarku.edu/~hmarek/html/godel.htm.
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