Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgement to by Joseph Weizenbaum

By Joseph Weizenbaum

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Sometimes these comments led to valuable discussion but often they appeared to be viewed as interruptions to the consideration of whatever topic had been in view immediately beforehand. It was impossible to identify any pattern to the responses and when they proved unfruitful, I attributed this to problems associated with reflexive thinking which have already been mentioned. In a final attempt to overcome these I decided to require everyone, during the early weeks of the course, to write an autobiographical account of their own encounters with educational institutions which attempted to identify learning experiences which had, in retrospect, proved to be of particular significance.

He had designed programmes which aimed to make people aware of the ways in which they act towards others and to help them modify their actions in order to achieve their goals more effectively. In two courses Argyris was successful in training the participants (architecture students and educational administrators) in recognizing the dysfunctional aspects of their own behaviour and in being able to identify what they needed to be able to do in order to respond effectively as double-loop learners.

Learning in this area crucially depends upon self-observation and a close knowledge of the difference between one's current performance and the achievements which are required if progress is to be made. An important contribution to our understanding of this topic has recently been made by Howard (1982) in a work which combines philosophical, psychological and educational considerations with the perspective of a practising artist. Use of Life Histories Research workers in the social sciences have for some time made use of a range of personal documents in order to throw light on a wide variety of problems.

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