I am looking at a computerized sample question and solution from a university writing improvement center.
True or false. The following sentence is punctuated correctly.
Carl Jung was born in Switzerland in 1875 and died in 1961, at first, he was a disciple of Freud.
I marked false: this really looks like a comma splice to me.
However the computer said "true", explaining: "A comma is required before the faux conjunction at first since it connects two independent clauses."
This sentence could not possibly be correctly punctuated, right?!
"Faux conjunction(s)" registers less than 10 google hits, all of which were useless. If this is in fact a real concept, can someone give an explanation about the meaning the question's author intended?