I am a Strange Loop
By (author) Douglas R. Hofstadter
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I am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Book DescriptionCan thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop"--a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called "I." The "I" is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse. How can a mysterious abstraction be real--or is our "I" merely a convenient fiction? Does an "I" exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics? These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Godel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465030798
(235mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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That Mad Ache, Paperback (June 2009)
A novel of lost love set in Paris in the 1960s by one of France's most famous novelists; richly translated and with an afterword by Douglas Hofstadter
Godel's Proof, Paperback (October 2008)» View all books by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Special anniversary edition of the best-selling book that challenges basic assumptions of logic
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Author Biography - Douglas R. Hofstadter
Douglas Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prize-winning Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid; Metamagical Themas; The Mind's I; Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies; and Le Ton beau de Marot. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
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