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Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Science under the Microscope The Downside of Definition Human Passages: Toward a New Theory of Development Wanted: Experts for Third World Development, Thirty-Five Megabytes of Experience Required Knowledge, Wisdon, and Computers Cum Laude A Cage for Reason: The Formalities of Knowledge The Limits of Logic: Folk Knowledge and Fuzz The Wound of Knowledge Bibliography Index

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This volume explores the interaction of the computerized knowledge systems of the industrialized world with the starkly different ways of thinking characteristic of the Third World.

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Doris M. Schoenhoff has an interdisciplinary PhD focusing on Artifical Intelligence and international development and has traveled worldwide as a computer software specialist.


"In this slim, nontechnical, very well-written, and thought-provoking book, Schoenhoff explores the possibility and desirability of using computerized expert systems in the Third World (or, the South) of developing, non-Western countries. . . . As it is so brief and so cogent, this work is recommended highly for libraries to bring a broader human perspective to the currently 'hot' subject of expert systems. All levels." - Choice

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