Accession Number:

ADA159741

Title:

Questions and Thought.

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.,

Corporate Author:

YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CT DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

44.0

Abstract:

Creativity means asking questions. If we ever want a machine to be creative, to think on its own, it must be aroused by what it perceives - it must wonder about its world. The process of wondering is one of asking questions. This paper attempts to address the problem of asking good questions. We begin by considering the intimate relationship between understanding and asking questions, critiquing two earlier approaches and understanding. We then examine the process and question transformation how, given a set of experiences, some questions are answered and others are raised. We consider the relationship of questions to explanation, and hypothesize that questioning is a step in the explanation process. We finally attempt to categorize questions and question transformations, providing a sketchy model of wondering.

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Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE