Society Of Mind

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Simon and 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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User Review  - Jeff Rogers - Goodreads

Probably was influential and significant in the late 1980s when it came out, but now most of the main ideas have permeated the milieu of AI and so anyone familiar with the field will probably think the ideas in this book are obvious. Read full review

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User Review  - Owen - Goodreads

This book contained many insightful ideas but I found it very slow going. Worth a read if you're already interested in how a conscious mind could be built out of smaller, nonconscious parts, and if ... Read full review

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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 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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