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Metamagical themas : questing for the essence of mind and pattern

Author: Douglas R Hofstadter
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, ©1986.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas R Hofstadter
ISBN: 0553342797 9780553342796
OCLC Number: 13565875
Description: xxviii, 852 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. Snags and snarls --
1. On self-referential sentences --
2. Self-referential sentences: a follow-up --
3. On viral sentences and self-replicating structures --
4. Nomic: a self-modifying game based on reflexivity in law. Pt. 2. Sense and society --
5. World views in collision: the "Skeptical Inquirer" versus the "National Enquirer" --
6. On number numbness --
7. Changes in default words and images, engendered by rising consciousness --
8. A person paper on purity in language. Pt. 3. Sparking and slipping --
9. Pattern, poetry and power in the music of Frederic Chopin --
10. Parquet deformations: a subtle, intricate art form --
11. Stuff and nonsense --
12. Variations on a theme as the crux of creativity --
13. Metafont, metamathematics, and metaphysics. Pt. 4. Structure and strangeness --
14. Magic cubology --
15. On crossing the rubicon --
16. Mathematical chaos and strange attractors --
17. Lisp: atoms and lists --
18. Lisp: Lists and recursion --
19. Lisp: recursion and generality --
20. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Pt. 5. Spirit and substrate --
21. Review of "Alan Turing: The enigma" --
22. A coffeehouse conversation on the Turing test --
23. On the seeming paradox of mechanizing creativity --
24. Analogies and roles in human and machine thinking --
25. Who shoves whom around inside the careenium? --
26. Waking up from the Boolean dream, or, Subcognition as computation. Pt. 6. Selection and stability --
27. The genetic code: arbitrary? --
28. Undercut, flaunt, pounce, and mediocrity: psychological games with numbers --
29. The prisoner's dilemma computer tournaments and the evolution of cooperation. Pt. 7. Sanity and survival --
30. Dilemmas for supperrational thinkers, leading up to a luring lottery --
31. Irrationality is the square root of all evil --
32. The tale of Happiton --
33. The tumult of inner voices, or, What is the meaning of the word "I"?
Responsibility: Douglas R. Hofstadter.

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