Society of Mind theory

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Marvin Minsky's theory of the Society of Mind asserts that the mind is not a single object, but the emergent behaviour of the interaction of a large number of smaller simpler entities.

This is similar to the theory of connectionism, which effectively is the same idea at a lower level of abstraction.

Minksy's ideas have been developed further by other cognitive scientists, including Daniel Dennett and Douglas Hofstadter.

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Books: Minsky, Marvin; The Society of Mind ISBN 0671657135