14.0744 Bloom on hypertext

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Date: Fri Mar 16 2001 - 02:01:38 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 744.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 06:51:24 +0000
             From: Randall Pierce <rpierce@jsucc.jsu.edu>
             Subject: Bloom

    I'm not sure, but I think it was Buckminster Fuller who said, "The more
    you know, the more you know." I'm sure that the inestimable Mr. Fuller
    would be delighted by the hyper-text endeavors of the Humanist network.
    As a matter of fact, he in some ways anticipated it. The accumulation of
    knowledge is, in and of itself, an admirable goal. We have just
    scratched the surface in the benefits that the mass of date will provide
    present and future investigators. BUT-- The ultimate goal is the
    creation of new concepts, not just the assimilation of known ones. There
    are new insights possible in every field. That leads to the subject of
    Bloom: not Harold Bloom of vast literary accomplishments, but Benjamin
    Bloom the educational psychologist. His Bloom's Taxonomy could provide
    an end goal for the art of hyper-text technology. So far, we are
    dependent on the human mind for the skills of analysis, synthesis and
    evaluation. I am hoping for the creation of a cybernetic aid to this
    higher cognitive skills. Perhaps the concept of cross-cultural and
    cross-language exchanges promises progress in the creation of new
    concepts and insights. I would like to hear more. From my my historical
    researches into comparative cultural studies, I am aware that certain
    concepts common to some cultures are alien or even antagonistic to
    others. Randall

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