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The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind [1] is a book by cognitive scientist Marvin Lee Minsky. The book is a sequel to Minsky's earlier book Society of Mind.

Minsky argues that emotions are different ways to think that our mind uses to increase our intelligence. He challenges the distinction between emotions and other kinds of thinking. His main argument is that emotions are "ways to think" for different "problem types" that exist in the world. The brain has rule-based mechanism (selectors) that turns on emotions to deal with various problems.



In a book review for the Washington Post, neurologist Richard Restak states that:[2]

Minsky does a marvelous job parsing other complicated mental activities into simpler elements. [...] But he is less effective in relating these emotional functions to what's going on in the brain.


Minsky outlines the book as follows[3]:

  1. "We are born with many mental resources."
  2. "We learn from interacting with others."
  3. "Emotions are different Ways to Think."
  4. "We learn to think about our recent thoughts."
  5. "We learn to think on multiple levels."
  6. "We accumulate huge stores of commonsense knowledge."
  7. "We switch among different Ways to Think."
  8. "We find multiple ways to represent things."
  9. "We build multiple models of ourselves."

Other reviews

Author's Prepublication Draft

External links


  1. ^ Minsky, Marvin (2006). The Emotion Machine. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-7663-9. 
  2. ^ Mind Over Matter, Richard Restak, Washington Post
  3. ^ p 7.


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