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The Society of Mind offers an overview of philosophy of the mind, as well as in-depth discussions relating to artificial intelligence and humans as machines. The course is built around The Emotion Machine by Marvin Minsky.

The Society of Mind (2011‪)‬ MIT

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The Society of Mind offers an overview of philosophy of the mind, as well as in-depth discussions relating to artificial intelligence and humans as machines. The course is built around The Emotion Machine by Marvin Minsky.

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    Lecture 1: Introduction

    Lecture 1: Introduction

    In this lecture, students discuss the introduction to The Emotion Machine, expectations and overview of the class, and general understanding of emotions, consciousness, and intelligence.

    • 2 hrs 5 min
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    Lecture 2: Falling In Love

    Lecture 2: Falling In Love

    In this lecture, students discuss Chapter 1 of The Emotion Machine, covering topics such as love, infatuation, and the Self.

    • 1 hr 45 min
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    Lecture 3: Cognitive Architectures

    Lecture 3: Cognitive Architectures

    In this lecture, students use readings of M.A. Bozarth and Carl Sagan to discuss pleasure systems in the brain and human problem solving.

    • 1 hr 50 min
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    Lecture 4: Question and Answer Session 1

    Lecture 4: Question and Answer Session 1

    In this lecture, students discussion what drives people to act and where they acquire their goals. Students are introduced to the idea of the top level goal: thrive.

    • 1 hr 45 min
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    Lecture 5: From Panic to Suffering

    Lecture 5: From Panic to Suffering

    In this lecture, students discuss Chapter 4 of The Emotion Machine, covering topics such as the relationship between pain, hurt, and perception, and how the mind exploits emotions.

    • 1 hr 56 min
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    Lecture 6: Layers of Mental Activities

    Lecture 6: Layers of Mental Activities

    In this lecture, students discuss Barry Schwartz's 2000 piece on the psychology of hope. They also look at ethical dilemmas for positive psychology, and who has the right to meddle with top-level goals or induce happiness.

    • 1 hr 52 min

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