[EM] = Minsky, Marvin. The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind. Simon & Schuster, 2007. ISBN: 9780743276641. The text is also available online on Professor Minsky’s homepage.
Students are expected to have read The Society of the Mind before the semester starts.
———. Society of the Mind. Simon & Schuster, 1988. ISBN: 9780671657130.
|2||Falling in Love||[EM] Chapter 1|
Warburton, D. M., ed. “Pleasure systems in the brain.” In Pleasure: The Politics and The Reality. John Wiley & Sons, 1994, pp. 5–14 + refs. ISBN: 9780471942290.
Sagan, Carl. “A high level overview of minds.” Chapter 11 in Cosmos. Random House, 2002. ISBN: 9780375508325.
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[EM] Chapter 2
Hobbs, Jerry R. and Andrew Gordon. “Goals in a formal theory of commonsense pychology.” (PDF) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS-2010), Toronto, Canada, May 11-14, 2010.
|5||From Panic to Suffering||[EM] Chapter 3|
|6||Layers of Mental Activities||
Schwartz, Barry. “Pitfalls on the Road to the Psychology of Hope.” (PDF) In The Science of Optimism and Hope. Edited by J. Gillham. Templeton Foundation Press. 2000. pp.399-412.
Ethical dilemmas for positive psychology—do they have the right to meddle with people’s top-level goals? … or to induce happiness?
|7||Layered Knowledge Representations||
[EM] Chapter 4
What is Consciousness? Minsky answers this, first by showing this question is ill-founded.
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[EM] Chapter 5
Langley, Pat, John E. Laird, and Seth Rogers. Cognitive Architectures: Research Issues and Challenges. Cognitive Systems Research 10 no. 2 (2009).
[EM] Chapter 6
Singh, Push, Ian Eslick, et al. “Computing Commonsense.” (PDF) BT Technology Journal 22 no. 4 (2004).
Mueller, Erik T. “Automating Commonsense Reasoning using Event Calculus.” (PDF) Communications of the ACM 52 no. 1 (2009).
GoogleTalksArchive. Human Computation: Luis von Ahn, July 26, 2006. August 22, 2012. Accessed March 3, 2013. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx082gDwGcM.
GoogleTalksArchive. Computers versus Common Sense: Douglas Lenat, May 30, 2006. August 22, 2012. Accessed March 3, 2013. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAtn-4fhuWA.
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[EM] Chapter 7
A short chapter describing many different techniques for inference and problems with reasoning.
|11||Mind vs. Brain: Confessions of a Defector||
[EM] Chapter 8
What distinguishes genius from everyday thinking? What are the ways to learn from mistakes?
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[EM] Chapter 9
Dennett, Daniel. “The Origin of Selves.” Cogito 3 (1989): pp. 163-173.
Kosslyn, Stephen. “On the Evolution of Human Motivation: Social Prosthetics.” In Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience. Edited by S.M. Platek, T.K. Shackelford, and J.P. Keenan. MIT Press, 2006.