"It is the nature of the mind that makes individuals kin, and the differences in the shape, form, or manner of the material atoms out of whose intricate relationships that mind is built are altogether trivial."
-- Isaac Asimov
This quote kicks off Chapter 2 :: Wholes and Parts in Marvin Minsky's, The Society of Mind. I am working my way through the 270 essays reflecting on the nature of the mind as a collection of autonomous agents that accumulate to a whole much more complex and rich than the sum of its parts. It is a fascinating book addressing many of my interests in science (fiction or otherwise), computation, learning (and teaching), and the stuff (stardust?) that makes us human(ish).