Disagreement in Creative Problem Solving

M. Haggith

This paper examines the claim that differences of opinion play an important part in creativity, and discusses how Artificial Intelligence research can help us to understand the dynamlcs of creative conflict. Research is described in which many different points of view are represented In knowledge bases, and the resulting conflict used to generate debate. The domain of this research is environmental problem solving, and examples are taken from agroforestry land-use planning in developing countries, the construction of simulation models by ecologists, and the impact of the greenhouse effect as perceived by people in Great Britain. Finally, some methodological issues concerning acquisition of inconsistent knowledge are raised.

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