General Information
Mapping Great Debates: Can Computers Think?

Maps | General information (large file!) | Details and features | Specifications | Issue areas | Press release
Methodology | Background paper | The cartographic metaphor | Criteria | How the maps work (large file!)
For Instructors and Students | Importance of Turing debate | For instructors | For students | Protagonist index | FAQS
Commentary and Reviews | Commentary and reviews | Errata and corrections
Action Items | Buy the set of maps | How you can participate in this debate
Examples | View the maps. | Map 1 | Map 2 | Map 3 | Map 4 | Map 5 | Map 6 | Map 7 | (large files!)
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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.  

Status: All maps are available for viewing.

Here is a list of the seven maps. They are large files...be prepared to wait 30 seconds to over a minute.
Map 1: Can computers think?
Map 2: Can the Turing test determine whether computers can think?
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?


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