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By Marvin Minsky

Marvin Minsky -- one of many fathers of desktop technology and cofounder of the unreal Intelligence Laboratory at MIT -- provides a innovative solution to the age-old query: "How does the brain work?"
Minsky brilliantly portrays the brain as a "society" of tiny parts which are themselves senseless. Mirroring his concept, Minsky boldly casts The Society of Mind as an highbrow puzzle whose items are assembled alongside the best way. every one bankruptcy -- on a self-contained web page -- corresponds to a bit within the puzzle. because the pages flip, a unified thought of the brain emerges, like a mosaic. creative, a laugh, and straightforward to learn, The Society of Mind is an event in mind's eye.

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