What Do Things Really Mean?

I mean really.

This from Marvin Minsky, the co-founder of MIT’s artificial intelligence lab:

“The secret of what something means lies in the ways that it connects to all the other things we know. The more such links, the more a thing will mean to us. The joke comes when someone looks for the “real” meaning of anything. For, if something had just one meaning, that is, if it were only connected to just one other thing, then it would scarcely “mean” at all!”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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