The Society of Mind

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Simon & Schuster, Mar 15, 1988 - Psychology - 339 pages
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Marvin Minsky -- one of the fathers of computer science and cofounder of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT -- gives a revolutionary answer to the age-old question: "How does the mind work?"

Minsky brilliantly portrays the mind as a "society" of tiny components that are themselves mindless. Mirroring his theory, Minsky boldly casts The Society of Mind as an intellectual puzzle whose pieces are assembled along the way. Each chapter -- on a self-contained page -- corresponds to a piece in the puzzle. As the pages turn, a unified theory of the mind emerges, like a mosaic. Ingenious, amusing, and easy to read, The Society of Mind is an adventure in imagination.

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This is a marvellous book that is useful (as far as I believe) for anyone, from any field.

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Starts strong, but my eyes started to glaze over after about 100 pages. I can imagine that this would be considered transformative by those who aren't used to thinking about the mind as a society of ... Read full review



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Marvin Minsky is the Donner Professor of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he cofounded the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and former president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

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