#artificial-intelligence #minsky #society-of-mind
consider two different situations. In the first case, I hold up an apple and ask, "What is this?" We've already seen how such a sight could lead to activating polynemes for words like "apple" or "fruit." In the second case, there is no apple on the scene, and I ask instead, "What do we call those round, red, thin-peeled fruits?" Yet this time, too, you end up with an apple thought. Isn't it remarkable that one can "recognize" a thing merely from hearing words? What is there in common to our recognizing things in two such different ways? The answer is that inside the brain, these situations really aren't so different. In neither case is there a real apple in the brain. In both cases, some part of mind must recognize what's happening in certain other parts of mind
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- (no access) - Marvin Minsky 1986 - Society Of Mind Text.pdf, p204
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