Society Of Mind

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 15, 1988 - Psychology - 339 pages
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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A book like no other. 270 one-page essays carefully outlining Minsky's theory of the mind. These range in topic and complexity from casual anecdotes and folk reasoning to dense, neologism-laden ... Read full review

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For anyone interested in the nature of his or her mind and how it functions this is a basic book. Although decades have passed and much work has been done in the higher reaches of the theory and ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
17
WHOLES AND PARTS
24
CONFLICT AND COMPROMISE
32
THE SELF
38
INDIVIDUALITY
47
PROBLEMS AND GOALS
70
A THEORY OF MEMORY
81
PAPERTS PRINCIPLE
98
DEVELOPMENT
173
REASONING
185
WORDS AND IDEAS
195
CONTEXT AND AMBIGUITY
206
EXPRESSION
225
COMPARISONS
237
FRAMES
243
FRAMEARRAYS
253

THE SHAPE OF SPACE
108
LEARNING MEANING
118
SEEING AND BELIEVING
132
REFORMULATION
140
CONSCIOUSNESS AND MEMORY
150
EMOTION
162
LANGUAGEFRAMES
260
CENSORS AND JOKES
273
THE MIND AND THE WORLD
282
THE REALMS OF THOUGHT
291
MENTAL MODELS
300
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Marvin Minsky is Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research has led to many advances in artificial intelligence, psychology, physical optics, mathematics, and the theory of computation. He has made major contributions in the domains of computer graphics, knowledge and semantics, machine vision, and machine learning. He has also been involved with technologies for space exploration.

Professor Minsky is one of the pioneers of intelligence-based robotics. He designed and built some of the first mechanical hands with tactile sensors, visual scanners, and their software and interfaces. In 1951 he built the first neural-network learning machine. With John McCarthy he founded the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in 1959. He has written seminal papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, perception, and language. His book The Society of Mind contains hundreds of ideas about the mind, many of which he has further developed in this book.

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