Society of Mind

ISBN-10: 0671657135
ISBN-13: 9780671657130
Edition: 1988
Authors: Marvin Minsky
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 3/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

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 castsThe Society of Mindas 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 Mindis an adventure in imagination.

PROLOGUE
The Agents of The Mind
The Mind and The Brain
The Society of Mind
The World of Blocks
Common Sense
Agents and AGencies
Wholes and Parts
Components and Connections
Novelists and REductionists
Parts and Wholes
Holes and Parts
Easy Things are Hard
Are People Mchines?
Conflict and Compromise
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
The Self
The Self
One Self or Many?
The Soul
The Conservative Self
Exploitation
Self-Control
Long-Range PLans
Ideals
INdividuality
CIrcular Causality
Unanswerable Questions
The Remote-Control Self
Personal Identity
Fashion and Style
Traits
Permanent Identity
Insight and Introspection
Consciousness
Signals and Signs
Thought-Experiments
B-Brains
Frozen Reflection
Momentary Mental Time
THE CAUSAL NOW
THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
HEADS IN THE CLOUDS
Worlds out of Mind
In-Sight
Internal Communication
Self-Knowledge is Dangerous
Confusion
Problems and Goals
Intelligence
Uncommon Sense
The Puzzle Principle
Problem Solving
Learning and Memory
Reinforcement and Reward
Local Responsibility
Difference-Engines
Intentions
Genius
A Theory of Memory
K-Lines: A Theory of Memory
RE-Membering
Mental States and Dispositions
Partial Mental States
Level-Bands
Levels
Fringes
Societies of Memories
Knowledge-Trees
Levels and Classifications
Layers of Societies
Summaries
Wanting and Liking
Gerrymandering
Learning From Failure
Enjoying Discomfort
Papert's Principle
Piaget's Experiments
Reasoning about Amounts
Priorities
Papert's Principle
The Society-of-More
About Piaget's Experiments
The Concept of Concept
Education and Development
Learning a Hierarchy
the Shape of Space
Seeing Red
The Shape of Space
Nearnesses
Innate Geography
Sensing Similarities
The Centered Self
Predestined Learning
Half-Brains
Dumbbell Theories
Learning Meaning
A Block-Arch Scenario
Learning Meaning
Uniframes
Structure and Function
The Functions of Structures
Accumulation
Accumulation Strategies
Problems Of Disunity
The Exception Principle
How Towers Work
How Causes Work
Meaning and Definition
Bridge-Definitions
Seeing and Believing
Reformulation
Boundaries
Seeing and Believing
Children's Drawing-Frames
Learning A Script
The Frontier Effect
Duplications
Reformulation
Using Reformulations
The Body-Support Concept
Means and Ends
Seeing Squares
Brainstorming
The Investment Principle
Parts and Holes
The Power of Negative Thinking
The Interaction-Square
Consciousness and Memory
Momentary Mental State
Self-Examination
Memory
Memories Of Memories
The Immanence Illusion
Many Kinds Of Memory
Memory Rearrangements
Anatomy Of Memory
Interruption And Recovery
Losing Track
The Recursion Principle
Emotion
Emotion
Mental Growth
Mental Proto-Specialists
Cross-Exclusion
Avalanche Effects
Motivation
Exploitation
Stimulus Vs. Simulus
Infant Emotions
Adult Emotions
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