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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Society of Mind (Fall 2011)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via MIT OpenCourseWare


Course Features
  • Video lectures
  • Assignments: written (no examples)
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the theory that tries to explain how minds are made from collections of simpler processes. It treats such aspects of thinking as vision, language, learning, reasoning, memory, consciousness, ideals, emotions, and personality. It incorporates ideas from psychology, artificial intelligence, and computer science to resolve theoretical issues such as wholes vs. parts, structural vs. functional descriptions, declarative vs. procedural representations, symbolic vs. connectionist models, and logical vs. common-sense theories of learning.


1. Introduction.
2. Falling In Love.
3. Cognitive Architectures.
4. Question and Answer Session 1.
5. From Panic to Suffering.
6. Layers of Mental Activities.
7. Layered Knowledge Representations.
8. Question and Answer Session 2.
9. Common Sense.
10. Question and Answer Session 3.
11. Mind vs. Brain: Confessions of a Defector.
12. Question and Answer Session 4.
13. Closing Thoughts.

Taught by

Prof. Marvin Minsky


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