Minsky at Purdue: 3. 300 little theories & future brain science

A useful response to the Selfridge challenge: 300 mini-theories

This presentation was in the week following the death of Feynman, a personal friend and colleague of Minsky's. Following soon after publication of the Society of Mind, the presentation circles around aspects of that work with both comments on the book and attempts to present examples, but it is enriched as well by Minsky's reflections on Feynman's thinking. (There may even be a hint, to those familiar with QED, that Feynman's insight that clear reflection is a consequence of interference/cancellation of unaligned photon flows serves as a model for the emergence of decisions from societies of agents by administrative cancellation/repression of weaker agents.)

Though often considered an iconoclast (so characterized by Lawler in the Selfridge introduction), many will be surprised by Minsky's remarkable statement of his appreciation of Buddha in answer to the first audience question.

Series contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Getting ideas, Poincaré, and Feynman
  3. 300 little theories & future brain science
  4. Why Psychology cannot be like Physics
  5. Phenomena and models of Language Understanding
  6. Learning and Multiple Mechanisms
  7. Responding to audience questions (1)
  8. Responding to audience questions (2)

"Five Pioneers talk about Learning, AI, and Education" by Robert W. Lawler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at and linked pages.


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