Talk:Society of Mind

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I noticed this book was listed in "Controversial Books" category, but the article doesn't mention anything about the controversy. Can someone who is familiar with it say something about why it is controversial? FarmerBob 07:54, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

As far as I know, there isn't one. Cmouse 15:38, 29 November 2005 (UTC)
Having read it myself, I'd say the biggest controversy is that it's more of a book of poetry and stream of consciousness, then a scientific attempt at defining a conscious mind. Since the focus of the book strongly implies this "theory" should be applied to computers, I found it a bit disappointing that the book had essentially no technical details whatsoever. Ceran (talk) 20:13, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Examples in the book[edit]

I'm getting rid of this section. We only have one rather arbitrary example and it looks like it would be quite confusing to people who haven't read the book. I don't think an example section is a good idea anyway... There are just too many ideas that Minksy touches on and no way to decide which ones deserve to be chosen. Literally every page of Society of Mind contains candidates for mentioning. If someone can come up with a short list of "major" ideas from the book then perhaps we could do that.. but I know I'd have a hard time choosing just a few ideas and on top of that I doubt we could describe them better than Minksy does. 04:48, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

We might be able to describe them a bit more accessibly. Certainly a selection from the middle or end of the book could be phrased better if presented independantly than a direct quote from Minsky would do. But your point about examples is pretty valid. Maybe if/when I reread it, I'll look for good ones. Michael Ralston 03:39, 4 April 2006 (UTC)