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I am a strange loop

Author: Douglas R Hofstadter
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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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 inhabiting our brains. Deep down, a human brain is a chaotic soup of particles, on a higher level it is a jungle of neurons, and on a yet higher level it  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas R Hofstadter
OCLC Number: 156845921
Notes: Originally published: New York : Basic Books, c2007.
Description: Sound disc : digital, mono. ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Prologue: Affable locking of horns --
On souls and their sizes --
This teetering bulb of dread and dream --
Causal potency of patterns --
Loops, goals, and loopholes --
On video feedback --
Of selves and symbols --
Epi phenomenon --
Embarking on a strange-loop safari --
Pattern and provability --
Gödel's quintessential strange loop --
How analogy makes meaning --
On downward causality --
Elusive apple of my "I" --
Strangeness in the "I" of the beholder --
Entwinement --
Grappling with the deepest mystery --
How we live in each other --
Blurry glow of human identity --
Consciousness = thinking --Courteous crossing of words --Brief brush with Cartesian egos --Tango with zombies and dualism --
Killing a couple of sacred cows --
On magnanimity and friendship --
Epilogue: 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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