[Humanist] 28.329 demo or argument?
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 329.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:19:22 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: demo or argument?
In his illuminating biography of Allen Newell, in the U.S. National
Academy of Sciences' Biographical Memoir series
Simon makes the following statement:
> A genuine computer program performing a task of some sophistication
> has much more persuasive and educational powers than do verbal
> discussions of ideas. A running program is the moment of truth. (p. 149)
A formal debate does not often come to my mind, but in this case it was
my first thought. Or perhaps a panel session at a conference where
computer science meets the humanities?
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Digital Humanities Research
Group, University of Western Sydney
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