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Gödel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter; 12 editions; First DAISY for print-disabled Download ebook for print-disabled ( DAISY). Douglas Hofstadter is a distinguished professor of cognitive science and comparative literature at Indiana University. His previous books include Godel, Escher. Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system.
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To escape many of the logical contradictions brought about by these self-referencing objects, Hofstadter discusses Zen koans. He attempts to show readers how to perceive reality outside their own experience and embrace such paradoxical questions by rejecting the premise—a strategy also called "unasking".
Subsequent sections discuss the basic tenets of logic, self-referring statements, "typeless" systems, and even programming. Hofstadter further creates BlooP and FlooP , two simple programming languages , to illustrate his point. Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. What other items do customers download after viewing this item?
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Pulitzer-Prize winner Douglas Hofstadter takes on some weighty and wonderful questions in I Am a Strange Loop --among them, the "size" of a soul and the vagaries of thought--and proposes persuasive answers that surprised me both with their simplicity and their sense of optimism: This long-awaited book is a must-have for avid science readers and navel-gazers. Starred Review. Eschewing the study of biological processes as inadequate to the task, he argues that the phenomenon of self-awareness is best explained by an abstract model based on symbols and self-referential "loops," which, as they accumulate experiences, create high-level consciousness.
Theories aside, it's impossible not to experience this book as a tender, remarkably personal and poignant effort to understand the death of his wife from cancer in —and to grasp how consciousness mediates our otherwise ineffable relationships. In the end, Hofstadter's view is deeply philosophical rather than scientific. It's hopeful and romantic as well, as his model allows one consciousness to create and maintain within itself true representations of the essence of another.
The book is all Hofstadter—part theory, some of it difficult; part affecting memoir; part inventive thought experiment—presented for the most part with an incorrigible playfulness. And whatever readers' reaction to the underlying arguments for this unique view of consciousness, they will find the model provocative and heroically humane. All rights reserved. See all Editorial Reviews.
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Matthew Rapaport Top Contributor: Kindle Edition Verified download. Douglas Hofstadter, justifiably famous for "Godel, Escher, Bach" wrote about the much trickier subject of mind and personal identity in this book. It is one thing to analyze the relation between three applications their results in Math, visual art, and music of self-referencing thought, and quite another to analyze the entity doing the thinking.
Hofstadter begins with Godel because as it will turn out, his insight into the recursive descriptiveness of number theory from which self-reference was supposedly banned by Bertran Russel, becomes his inroad into a philosophy of mind.
Hofstadter is a master at describing without mathematical formalism what Godel did and why it matters. He is not so good at applying this to mind. Besides Godel, the author's other insight comes from the loopy-like nature of recursive entities like infinite halls of mirrors or what happens when you point a television camera at the screen displaying what that camera is viewing.
We all have seen these, and from these two things, Hofstadter assembles a theory of mind based on the idea that whatever goes on in the brain at the low and mid physical levels results in some sort of abstractions perhaps manifested in harmonic oscillations of electromagnetic energy that from another perspective, are the very stuff of consciousness. There is nothing particularly new about this.
Rejecting religion or other basis for any sort of dualism and his remarks are rather disparaging in this respect and declaring oneself a physicalist there is nothing more than physics is par for the course and occasionally swatting straw-man arguments to the contrary, is all part of the contemporary game for most of today's philosophers and scientists.
Besides religion he mentions David Chalmers who was, apparently, a student of Hofstadter's in his doctoral days and rejects Chalmer's non-religious panpsychism and along with this presumably Davidson's "dual aspect" monism as well which is fine as far as it goes. Hofstadter's theory is somatic. Mind arises from what goes on physically in the brain and nothing more. The problem is he never gets to connect up the subjective with anything that can, even in theory, be measured by third parties.