A few books on my newest reading list.
Small Pieces Loosely Joined, by David Weinberger. A text on the web (A unified theory of the Web) which explains why and how the Web works…”
The Web is showing us who we are – and is undoing some of our deepest misunderstandings about what it means to be human in the real world.
David is also the co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, a book on “The End of Business as Usual”.
Last book for the timeBeing: The Emotion Machine, in which Marvin MinskyÂ argues in favor of a mechanical view of emotions and thought. He means emotions are a kind of thought, not feeling. In Minsky’s words (from an interview in Wired 12|2006 with Daniel Dennett):
A well-designed program that wouldn’t be so hierarchical but more like a network of resources that make requests to other resources.
When a some resource fails, our brain switches to another. When none is available (or has been removed), zap! an emotions is born.
I just wonder, what happens with emotions that we cannot define as a failure of resources? For instance, love?
Some chapters (in draft form) are available from Minsky’s site: http://web.media.mit.edu/~minsky/.
In the Wired interview, Dennet says he has a good slogan for Minsky’s book: “My body has a mind of its own, so what does it need me for?” And Minsky replies with a label he found on a London bus:
Mind Your Head.