Mapping Great Debates:

Can Computers Think?

General Information

Brief Description

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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The Seven Maps

Here is a list of the seven maps of the Can computers think? series are:

Details and Features

Among the features that make the argumentation maps in the Can Computers Think? series useful for teaching and learning are:


The Handbook

The Handbook contains:


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.

Navigation aids

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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