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DO Save the Time of the Reader/ Research...

As a historian, I self-identify as a “super searcher.” I was trained to identify and track down whatever evidence I need, regardless of the time, effort, and tedium involved. As a researcher those skills stand me in good stead every day, but as a teacher, I want my students to spend at least as much […]

Analysis and intepretation

Last week’s reading and discussion of the divide between rational and interpretive ways of thinking echoed a tension running through a research project that I am conducting this semester. I have a group of 11 students who are doing research on the Russian Flu (1889-1890). Some students have majors in history, but others are in […]

Inside the mind of an inventor: D Engelb...

The article “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework” written in 1962 allowed me to experience the thinking of an extraordinary scholar.  As I read, I was impressed at times and then intrigued at other times.  Mostly, I felt l had a vivid picture of what was imagined for technology and human augmentation over 50 years…

Response to Linklider

It struck me to read that PhDs in computer science were nonexistent prior to the 60’s (I think). On one hand, it doesn’t seem that long ago.  On the other, so much has changed in that short amount of time – of course that didn’t exist as a discipline then! Now, being in the math […]

A language problem

Reading Licklider: computer language is about steps and processes whereas humans are about goals (79). Makes me wonder if my frustration with technology generally is merely a language problem and if that’s true does that mean I don’t like the “process”; I’m goal oriented? As a writing teacher and a writer myself, we talk about(…)