16.430 Minsky on models

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 430.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 07:23:49 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: references to Minsky

    Thanks to Vika Zafrin and to some luck, on the trail of words attributed to
    Marvin Minsky, "the brain is a modelling machine", I have found two rather
    good, brief essays by the man:

    "Conscious Machines"
    http://kuoi.asui.uidaho.edu/~kamikaze/documents/minsky.html; and
    "Matter, Mind and Models"

    The first makes the useful point that progress in research using models
    increased dramatically when, because of computers, they "could be
    conceived, tested, and discarded in days or weeks instead of years", the
    second that modelling inherently involves a ternary relation between the
    object of study, the model of it and the researcher.

    More suggestions for where to look would be most welcome.


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