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Joseph Weizenbaum, Computer Power and Human Reason, W. H. Freeman Co., San Francisco 1975

This moralistic and incoherent book uses computer science and technology as an illustration to support the view promoted by Lewis Mumford, Theodore Roszak, and Jacques Ellul, that science has led to an immoral view of man and the world. I am frightened by its arguments that certain research should not be done if it is based on or might result in an ``obscene'' picture of the world and man. Worse yet, the book's notion of ``obscenity'' is vague enough to admit arbitrary interpretations by activist bureaucrats.

John McCarthy
Tue Oct 17 20:28:09 PDT 2000