Marvin Minsky Interviewed at Media Lab’s 25th Anniversary

Three-time Constructing Modern Knowledge guest speaker the great scientist, Dr. Marvin Minsky, was interviewed this past weekend at the commemoration of the M.I.T. Media Lab’s 25th anniversary.

There are some really interesting ideas in this 11-minute conversation, including:

When I meet someone who says something interesting, I’ve got this habit where I don’t ask them, “Tell me about that very interesting thing?”

What you should ask them is, “How the devil did you get that idea?”

You don’t want to learn what someone else knows, if they’re very good. You want to learn how they think…

If someone has a really good idea, I either follow them around until I decide I can’t do that or I pick it up.

We need a new kind of education where you don’t study subjects. You study thinkers.