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Computers and the Mind (#Q274)
Theodore Roszak

Our real educational and cultural needs are in danger of becoming lost in the erroneous fascination with the information processing model of the mind. One of America's foremost social critics, Theodore Roszak, Ph.D., author of The Making of the Counter-Culture, Eco-Psychology and The Cult of Information, delivers a scathing indictment of the over-selling of computer and high-tech ideology to the American public.
Howard Rheingold

The revolution in personal computer use has yet to occur, according to Howard Rheingold, author of Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology and editor of Whole Earth Review. Rheingold says that in the next ten years personal computers will be sufficiently powerful to realize the dreams of many innovators who write about "fantasy amplifiers," "expert systems" and computerized villages.
Hubert Dreyfus

Human intuition and perception are basic and essential phenomena of consciousness. As such, they will never be replicated by computers. This is the challenging notion of Hubert Dreyfus, Ph.D., archcritic of the artificial intelligence establishment. Dr. Dreyfus, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, is author of What Computers Can't Do and co-author of Mind Over Machine.
William Whitson

William Whitson, Ph.D., is currently involved in creating computer databases containing the world's great ethical and humanitarian teachings. Dr. Whitson, a foreign affairs specialist and former Rand Corporation executive, describes the role of computers in the democritization of knowledge, claiming that "gaming" capabilities once limited to the military and industrial elite are now available to those seeking world peace.
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"Once we see that logic machines can't do what we thought we could do as rational animals, we'll see that we're obsolete as rational animals, and we will understand that we are really intuitive animals, and we'll appreciate wisdom and intuition a lot more than we do now."
--Hubert Dreyfus 

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