Marvin the Paranoid Android makes his first appearance in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a book teeming with inventive characters. Zaphod Beeblebrox, he of the two heads, dubbed Marvin: the Paranoid Android.
Does your brain have a name? Strange question, perhaps, but people do give names to all sorts of things, even body parts. But the brain is much more than a body part. The truth is that there is no computer on earth that can even begin to match the learning capacity that you have in your brain. It has been called the most complex object in the universe. It has a capacity for learning so immense that it puts even Marvin in the shade. And it never gets bored. It always has room for more.
In this chapter we are going to examine how it works and how we can use this knowledge to help us learn languages more quickly, more efficiently, to release some of Marvin’s – or Melody’s, or Methuselah’s – untapped linguistic power.