I certainly did get taught an appreciation of those things in my Spanish and Russian classes. In Spanish 4 at CMU we had to watch Spanish movies which I still recall, and learned quite a bit about Spanish art and the history of Latin America (which, by the way, is WAY more colorful than the history of North America). And while I could never extensively philosophize in Spanish, some knowledge of the language made my connection with some Spanish speakers deeper.

I don’t think learning to converse and “exchange ideas” with a computer is remotely similar to learning to do that with other people or Peoples.

(Sorry about the extensive edits on the post… Facebook switched me to “return submits” at some point.)