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I am a strange loop

Author: Douglas R Hofstadter
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2007.
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Hofstadter's long-awaited return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach--an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity. What do we mean when we say "I"? Can a self, a soul, a consciousness, an "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? This book argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is a special kind of abstract feedback loop  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas R Hofstadter
ISBN: 0465030785 9780465030781 9780465030798 0465030793
OCLC Number: 64554976
Description: xix, 412 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface: an author and his book --
An affable locking of horns --
On souls and their sizes --
This teetering bulb of dread and dream --
The causal potency of patterns --
Loops, goals, and loopholes --
On video feedback --
Of selves and symbols --
The epi phenomenon --
Embarking on a strange-loop safari --
Pattern and provability --
Gödel's quintessential strange loop --
How analogy makes meaning --
On downward causality --
The elusive apple of my "I" --
Strangeness in the "I" of the beholder --
Entwinement --
Grappling with the deepest mystery --
How we live in each other --
The blurry glow of human identity --
Consciousness = thinking --
A courteous crossing of words --
A brief brush with Cartesian egos --
A tango with zombies and dualism --
Killing a couple of sacred cows --
On magnanimity and friendship --
Epilogue: the quandary.
Responsibility: Douglas Hofstadter.
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Douglas R. Hofstadter's long-awaited return to the themes of Godel, Escher, Bach - an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity.  Read more...

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