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Marvin Minsky on Reasoning - Dictionary of Arguments

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Reasoning/common sense/Artificial Intelligence/Minsky: Here's a rule that's part of ordinary common sense: If A depends on B, and B depends on C, then — clearly — A depends on C. The chain containing walk, drive, and fly may appear to use several different kinds of links. But although they differ in regard to vehicles, they all refer to paths through space. For generations, scientists and philosophers have tried to explain ordinary reasoning in terms of logical principles — with virtually no success.
I suspect this enterprise failed because it was looking in the wrong direction: common sense works so well not because it is an approximation of logic; logic is only a small part of our great accumulation of different, useful ways to chain things together. >Logic/Minsky.


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Minsky I
Marvin Minsky
The Society of Mind New York 1985

Minsky II
Marvin Minsky
Semantic Information Processing Cambridge, MA 2003


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