imprimers

10 Jun 2022 02:44 - 22 Dec 2023 07:47
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    • Marvin Minsky term for something roughly like Freud's ego-ideal: someone whom you learn not just facts or skills, but goals and values. People in this role are also those we feel emotional attachment to.
    • Social processes are crucial to developing high-level goals, and Marvin has a number of insightful critiques and proposals in this area. Consider a term he coined: imprimers—the people from whom one learns foundational goals and values. These can be parents, teachers, or peers, but in any case they play a key role in learning because the goals they impart serve to focus and drive everything else a mind does.
      -- from Introduction to Inventive Minds
    • Is this just another term for "role model"?
      • To me it has a slightly different connotation, more mechanical and less agentive. You model yourself on a role model, but an imprimer loads you up with something (an imprint), with a bit of goal machinery, like copying software or viral replication. It's deeper than a role model, at a lower level. More constitutive, less chosen. Role models are like teachers, imprimers are more like parents, where you get your very basic cognitive/emotional structures from.
      • Marvin uses the term "role model" in the title of OLPC3 but not in the text. I'm not sure he would buy the distinction I'm making here, a lot of his imprimers were teachers and mentors.
    • Impersonation is a particular learning strategy:
      • When your ideas seem inadequate, remember someone more expert at this, and imagine what that person would do.
      • Myself, I do this frequently, by imitating Imprimers and teachers. (Emotion Machine p227)
      • This strategy also appears in the movie Heist (2001) (written by David Mamet):
        • **D.A. Freccia You're a pretty smart fella. Joe Moore Ah, not that smart. D.A. Freccia : ***[If]  you're not that smart, how'd you figure it out? *Joe Moore : **I tried to imagine a fella smarter than myself. Then I tried to think, "what would he do?"