“Something has a ‘meaning’ only when it has a few; if we understood something just one way, we would not understand it at all. That is why the seekers of the ‘real’ meanings never find them. This holds true especially for words like ‘understand’. That is why sonatas start simply, as do the best of talks and texts. The basics are repeated several times before anything larger or more complex is presented.
- Marvin Minsky, American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AI laboratory, Music, Mind, and Meaning, Computer Music Journal, Fall 1981, Vol. 5, Number 3 (via amiquote)