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Thinking as ComputationA First Course$
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Hector J. Levesque

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016995

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016995.001.0001

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Case Study: Other Ways of Thinking

Case Study: Other Ways of Thinking

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(p.238) (p.239) * 11 Case Study: Other Ways of Thinking
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Thinking as Computation
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Levesque Hector J.

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016995.003.0011

This chapter considers other ways of thinking, that is to say, other ways of using what is known. Section 11.1 reexamines back-chaining as the starting point for discussing the other ways of thinking. Sections 11.2, 11.3, and 11.4 discuss explanation, learning, and propositional reasoning, respectively. There is something of a paradox in using Prolog and back-chaining to look at new ways of thinking that go beyond back-chaining. And as the paradox is resolved, thinking itself will end up becoming the subject matter of the thinking. This reinterpretation will require a major conceptual shift, and this chapter is the most technically challenging one in the book.

Keywords:   Prolog programming, back-chaining, thinking, learning, explanation, propositional reasoning

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