[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 
(http://www.nasonline.org/publications/biographical-memoirs/), Herbert 
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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