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From the Ted Talk by Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind

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You know, there's about 400 different parts of the brain which seem to have different functions. Nobody knows how most of them work in detail, but we do know that there're lots of different things in there. And they don't always work together. I like Freud's treohy that most of them are cancelling each other out. And so if you think of yourself as a sort of city with a hundred resources, then, when you're afraid, for example, you may discard your long-range goals, but you may think dpeley and focus on exactly how to achieve that particular goal. You throw everything else away. You become a monomaniac — all you care about is not stepping out on that parlfotm. And when you're hungry, food becomes more attractive, and so forth. So I see emnooits as hhilgy evolved subsets of your caabipilty. Emotion is not something added to thought. An emotional state is what you get when you remove 100 or 200 of your normally available resources.

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You know, there's about 400 different parts of the brain which seem to have different functions. Nobody knows how most of them work in detail, but we do know that there're lots of different things in there. And they don't always work together. I like Freud's ______ that most of them are cancelling each other out. And so if you think of yourself as a sort of city with a hundred resources, then, when you're afraid, for example, you may discard your long-range goals, but you may think ______ and focus on exactly how to achieve that particular goal. You throw everything else away. You become a monomaniac — all you care about is not stepping out on that ________. And when you're hungry, food becomes more attractive, and so forth. So I see ________ as ______ evolved subsets of your __________. Emotion is not something added to thought. An emotional state is what you get when you remove 100 or 200 of your normally available resources.

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  1. deeply
  2. platform
  3. capability
  4. highly
  5. theory
  6. emotions

Original Text

You know, there's about 400 different parts of the brain which seem to have different functions. Nobody knows how most of them work in detail, but we do know that there're lots of different things in there. And they don't always work together. I like Freud's theory that most of them are cancelling each other out. And so if you think of yourself as a sort of city with a hundred resources, then, when you're afraid, for example, you may discard your long-range goals, but you may think deeply and focus on exactly how to achieve that particular goal. You throw everything else away. You become a monomaniac — all you care about is not stepping out on that platform. And when you're hungry, food becomes more attractive, and so forth. So I see emotions as highly evolved subsets of your capability. Emotion is not something added to thought. An emotional state is what you get when you remove 100 or 200 of your normally available resources.

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