Dear Professor Harnard,
I am co-editing a book called The Turing Test Sourcebook: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer. Kluwer Academic Publishers in The Netherlands has accepted the book proposal with enthusiasm. An outline of the book is attached.

We’ve just begun sending out invitations, and five distinguished individuals have already accepted, including Dr. Michael Mauldin, creator of Lycos; Dr. Raymond Kurzweil, noted entrepreneur and author of The Age of Spiritual Machines; and Dr. Charles Platt, author of The Silicon Man.

Would you be willing to contribute a running commentary on Alan Turing’s original proposal, published in Mind in 1950? In Part II of the book we plan to publish Turing’s paper in its entirety, with running commentaries from five prominent individuals. We'd need it by March 31, 2002.

I hope that we can count on you to contribute to this project. We'd appreciate a confirmation of your participation by November 30, 2001.


Robert Epstein, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Psychology Today (  
Chairman and CEO, InnoGen International (
University Research Professor, Alliant International University (
Tel: 760-436-4400 Fax: 760-874-8952 E-mail:

Co-editor: Grace Peters
Graduate Student, Alliant International University
Tel: 858-213-3525

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