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ERIC Number: EJ1094872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Cultivating Critique: A (Humanoid) Response to the Online Teaching of Critical Thinking
Waggoner, Matt
Liberal Education, v99 n3 Sum 2013
The Turing era, defined by British mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing's question about whether or not computers can think, is not over. Philosophers and scientists will continue to haggle over whether thought necessitates intentionality, and whether computation can rise to that level. Meanwhile, another frontier is emerging in one small but expanding corner of the universe: the introductory-level, undergraduate courses that colleges and universities require students to take for general education credit in the area of critical thinking. On this frontier, similar questions arise, but with an added conundral twist: Can we program computers to teach humans how to think? Can we program computers to think critically? Can we program computers to teach humans how to think critically? In the artificial intelligence debates of the past, everything hinged on the meaning of thinking; in the present debate, everything hinges on the meaning of critique.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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