A set of 7 poster-sized argumentation maps that chart the entire
history of the debate. The maps outline arguments put forth since
1950 by more than 380 cognitive scientists, philosophers, artificial
intelligence researchers, mathematicians, and others.
Every map presents 100 or more major claims, each of which
is summarized succinctly and placed in visual relationship to
the other arguments that it supports or disputes. The maps, thus,
both show the intellectual history of this interdisciplinary debate
and display its current status. Claims are further organized into
more than 70 issue areas, or major branches of the arguments.
Here is Map Number 1 (actual size 3 by 4 feet;
may take 30 seconds-1 minute to download):
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Here is a list of the seven maps of the
Can computers think? series are:
- Map 1: Can computers think?
- Map 2: Can the Turing test determine whether computers can
- Map 3: Can physical symbol systems think?
- Map 4: Can Chinese Rooms think?
- Map 5, Part 1: Can connectionist networks think?
- Map 5, Part 2: Can computers think in images?
- Map 6: Do computers have to be conscious to think?
- Map 7: Are thinking computers mathematically possible?
Among the features that make the
argumentation maps in the Can Computers Think? series useful for
teaching and learning are:
- Clear branches that tie together claims, rebuttals, and
counterrebuttals. This way you can you find out if an argument
has been answered and the rebuttal answered.
- Historical and explanatory sidebars. Included are
32 sidebars that help students understand concepts and background.
- Philosophic camps. Many of the arguments arise out
of the meeting of quite different schools of philosophy, which
start from different basic assumptions. Included are descriptions
in the form of postulates of ten of these schools.
- Illustrated thought experiments and concepts. When
a particular concept is heavily visual, line drawings portray
- Graphic devices. Many arguments in this debate take
the form of dilemmas. All such arguments are in the form of a
graphic dilemma box, for clarity of reading.
- Definitions. Fifty definitions are included near the
place where the term is introduced on the maps to make learning
easier and quicker.
- Complete bibliography. All sources referenced on the
maps are listed in the handbook.
- Index of protagonists. You can look up participants in the
debate and see on which chart (and box number) their arguments
- Other cross references. In many of the boxes are links
to similar arguments or other supporting arguments.
- Size. Each maps is 3 x 4 feet each folded to 9 x 12
- Color. Elegantly printed in color
- Number of arguments. 97-130 claims and rebuttals per
- Total number of moves. Total of over 800 major moves
in the debates summarized and threaded into claims, rebuttals,
and counterrebuttals, arranged so that the current stopping point
of each thread is easily seen
- Issue areas. Organized into over 70 issue areas
- Sidebars. 43 sidebars provide history and further
- History. A chronological intellectual history
- Frontier of argument. Current status (or frontier)
of debate easily identifiable
- Number of protagonists. Identifies original arguments
by over 380 protagonists world-wide, hence provides intellectual
history of the debate
- Philosophical camps. Eleven major philosophical camps
of the protagonists (or schools) summarized
The Handbook contains:
- Explanation of methodology of mapping arguments
- Criteria for inclusion of moves in the debates
- Complete bibliography of over 480 references cited
on the maps
- Index of 380 protagonists
Major journals and books as well as important contributions
from hard-to-find journals, often missed even by experts.
The team read over 1,000 sources, threw away over 500 , and used
almost that many to produce the maps.
Over 300 icons and illustrations provide easy-to-return-to
landmarks, designate major debate regions, and clarify interrelationships
between arguments and counterclaims. Over 60 photos
identify key players.
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