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Tue Nov 9 01:00:01 PST 2010


> I think psychoanalyze-pinhead is the important lesson
> of GNU Emacs.
>
> ---Bennett Todd <bet at ___.com>

In case you don't know what he's talking about here,
see this post to the Humanist Discussion Group, from the
archive page at:
http://lists.village.virginia.edu/lists_archive/Humanist/v12/0506.html

> Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 07:27:50 +0000
> From: C M Sperberg-McQueen <cmsmcq at ___.org>
> Subject: Re: 12.0499 ... Eliza?
>
>
> On Tue, 16 Mar 1999 22:13:34 +0000 (BST), in Humanist 12.0499,
> Jim Marchand asked:
>
>
> > What has happened to Eliza? If you remember, it was a
> > great program written by Josef Weizenbaum way back when
> > we had no memory. As a kind of Rogerian psychologist,
> > it used your questions to reflect answers back to you.
>
>
> Strictly speaking, Eliza was a general script-driven
> pattern-matching and reply-generating program; the Rogerian
> analyst was provided by the Doctor script. Since it was the
> funniest and made the most plausible use of Eliza's radical
> lack of real-world knowledge -- and also because it was the
> only script included in the original publication, perhaps --
> the Doctor script is the only thing Eliza was ever known
> for.
>
>
> > I used it for a number of purposes back when I was
> > teaching and wrote programs such as Freud, The Bavarian
> > Inkeeper, The Wimpy Psychologist, which were fun, if
> > not always good. ...
>
>
> > Anyway, one hears that a psychologist out in California
> > is still using the program, but I haven't seen it
> > mentioned in years. Maybe I'm just reading the wrong
> > things. Does anybody know anything about the present
> > state of Eliza?
>
> Weizenbaum's Eliza was never, as far as I know, a supported
> product, so it's present state is presumably the same as
> ever: a clever program described in a journal article (the
> article I know was in Communications of the ACM, but there
> may have been others).
>
>
> Undergraduates are sometimes given the task of
> reimplementing Eliza (in general, or with a hard-coded
> script), and there are lots of versions around. In that
> sense, Eliza will surely never die while computers are used
> with text interfaces.
>
>
> Perhaps the most ubiquitous version of Eliza now available
> is the 'doctor' program shipped as part of GNU emacs (M-x-
> doctor, for those of you who have not tried it). This may be
> used alone, but (emacs being what it is) can also be hooked
> up to take its input not from the user, but from a database
> of quotations from Zippy the Pinhead (M-x-psychoanalyze-
> pinhead, a short sample of which is appended). If anyone has
> been wondering whether to learn vi or emacs, the existence
> of psychoanalyze-pinhead in the emacs distribution should
> definitely tip the balance. One way or the other.
>
>
> -C. M. Sperberg-McQueen Senior Research Programmer,
> University of Illinois at Chicago
>
>
> ----- A few lines of output from psychoanalyze-pinhead -----
> I am the psychotherapist. For your protection, I have been
> censored according to the Communications Decency Act.
> Please, describe your problems. Each time you are finished
> talking, type RET twice.
>
>
> I'm into SOFTWARE!
>
>
> Why do you say you are into software?
>
>
> I'm GLAD I remembered to XEROX all my UNDERSHIRTS!!
>
>
> What makes you believe that?
>
>
> Everybody is going somewhere!! It's probably a garage sale
> or a disaster Movie!!
>
>
> Maybe your plans have something to do with this.
>
>
> Now I'm having INSIPID THOUGHTS about the beautiful, round
> wives of HOLLYWOOD MOVIE MOGULS encased in PLEXIGLAS CARS
> and being approached by SMALL BOYS selling FRUIT..
>
>
> Is it because of your life that you say and being approached
> by small boys selling fruit?
>
>
> My EARS are GONE!!
>
>
> Are you sure that your ears are gone?
>
>
> While my BRAINPAN is being refused service in BURGER KING,
> Jesuit priests are DATING CAREER DIPLOMATS!!
>
>
> Is it because of the people you hang around with that you
> are going through all this?
>
>
> .... etc., etc., etc.





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