What happened when an actual scientist of the mind checked out L. Ron Hubbard in 1950 - 2015-05-31
Marvin Minsky is a major figure in artificial intelligence — he founded MIT's AI laboratory, and in 1951 he built the first neural network simulator. Which means that he was doing actual science of the mind when a certain pulp fiction writer was pretending that he'd made a discovery about the human mind that was "a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire."
Oh yeah? Well, Minsky describes the time he traveled down to L. Ron Hubbard's foundation in Elizabeth, New Jersey around that time to see what Hubbard was actually up to.
One of our tipsters pointed out that Minsky described the visit recently in an MIT online course. We managed to snag the relevant segment from an hour-long lecture. We think you'll find it interesting.