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Stephen Downes

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We don't just test for recall, we test for understanding. But what does that mean? Here's one perspective: "must the agent's representation of some subject matter be accurate in order for her to understand that subject matter? 'No', I argue in this paper.... Rather than correctly representing, understanding, on this account, is a matter of being able to manipulate a representation of the world to satisfy contextually salient interests." If you can use what you learned productively, you 'understand' it, and it doesn't really matter whether you picture it exactly as it exists in the world. Image: Singh.

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