Learning. An omnibus word for all the processes that lead to long term changes in our minds - Marvin Minsky

What is learning? We better try to be clear about that in a wiki named learningEvolves!

Marvin Minsky refers to learning as suitcase word, one of the words that have lots of different meanings when you look at them closely. Or as Minsky says in Society of Mind:

Learning. An omnibus word for all the processes that lead to long term changes in our minds (p. 329)

The word "learning" represents many diverse ideas, such as:
  • uniframing: combining several descriptions into one
  • accumulating: collecting incompatible descriptions
  • reformulating: modifying a description's character
  • trans-framing: bridging between structures and functions

Also learning has a context. Interest is essential. We can't have a learning theory that doesn't consider context. That is facing reality. People don't learn much unless they are interested and / or concerned. Context cannot be separated from the content or the process. (Minsky, 12.2)

There is no single secret, magic trick to learning; we simply have to learn a large society of different ways to learn (Minsky 12.3)

types of learning


Inference (wikipedia) is the act or process of deriving a conclusion based solely on what one already knows