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'What is a self and how can a self come out of inanimate matter?' This is the riddle that drove Douglas Hofstadter to write this extraordinary book. In order to impart his original and personal view on the core mystery of human existence - our intangible sensation of 'I'-ness - Hofstadter defines the playful yet seemingly paradoxical notion of 'strange loop', and explicates this idea using analogies from many disciplines.

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Genre: Art and music
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Penguin Group(CA)
Release: 2000
File: 832 Pages
ISBN-13: 0140289208

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Shows how analogy-making pervades human thought at all levels, influencing the choice of words and phrases in speech, providing guidance in unfamiliar situations, and giving rise to great acts of imagination.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
Release: 2013-04-23
File: 592 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465018475

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Examines the realities of unexplained natural phenomenon and provides explanations that push the boundaries of science. • Looks at animal telepathy and the ability of pigeons to home. • Proves the point that "big questions don't need big science". • Noted scientist Rupert Sheldrake is a former research fellow of the Royal Society. • New Edition with an Update on Results. How does your pet "know" when you are coming home? How do pigeons "home"? Can people really feel a "phantom" amputated arm? These questions and more form the basis of Sheldrake's look at the world of contemporary science as he puts some of the most cherished assumptions of established science to the test. What Sheldrake discovers is that certain scientific beliefs are so widely taken for granted that they are no longer regarded as theories but are seen as scientific common sense. In the true spirit of science, Sheldrake examines seven of these beliefs. Refusing to let intellectual dogmatism influence his search for the truth, Sheldrake presents simple experiments that allow the curious and the skeptical to join in his journey of discovery. His experiments look at how scientific research is often biased against unexpected patterns that emerge and how a researcher's expectations can influence the results. He also examines the taboo of taking pets seriously and explores the question of human extrasensory perception. Perhaps most important, he questions the notion that science must be expensive in order to achieve important results, showing that inexpensive methods can indeed shake the very foundations of science as we know it. In this compelling and intelligent book, Sheldrake offers no preconceived wisdom or easy answers--just an open invitation to explore the unknown, create new science, and perhaps, even change the world.

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Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Author: Rupert Sheldrake
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2002-07-01
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781620550069

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If one were forced to use a single key word to describe the decade of the 1980's, a very prominent one would be "technology. " Leading the forefront of tech nology advancement were breakthroughs in electronics. Devices that were uncommon or unknown in 1980 became commonplace, and almost indispens able, by 1989. This trend has continued into the 1990's and it does not seem to be abating in any way. Microwave ovens, video recorders, telephone answer ing machines, compact disc players, computers, and a host of smaller or less sophisticated devices now appear in most households. The development of small and inexpensive computers, i. e. , personal computers, has placed computing resources within reach of many more people. In addition, many traditional, and largely mechanical devices, have been enhanced by electronics. For example, specialized microprocessors are combined with arrays of electronic sensors to control and monitor sophisticated engineering components in most new auto mobiles. In this and many other ways, we are touched by the new electronics in almost every aspect of our daily lives. Initially, personal computers were little more than toys. They contained only a small fraction of the computing power of their immediate ancestors, the mini computers and mainframe computers. However, rapid improvements in integ rated circuit design and chip manufacture produced regular reductions in size and cost of computer components. During the same time, processor speed and sophistication increased.

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Genre: Technology & Engineering
Author: Daniel L. Schmoldt
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2012-12-06
File: 386 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781461311553

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A portrait of the eminent twentieth-century mathematician discusses his theorem of incompleteness, relationships with such contemporaries as Albert Einstein, and untimely death as a result of mental instability and self-starvation.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Rebecca Goldstein
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release: 2006-02-17
File: 296 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780393327601

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Want to understand a certain PHP programming technique? Or learn how to accomplish a particular task? This cookbook is the first place to look. With more than 350 code-rich recipes revised for PHP 5.4 and 5.5, this third edition provides updated solutions for generating dynamic web content—everything from using basic data types to querying databases, and from calling RESTful APIs to testing and securing your site. Each recipe includes code solutions that you can freely use, along with a discussion of how and why they work. Whether you’re an experienced PHP programmer or coming to PHP from another language, this book is an ideal on-the-job resource. You’ll find recipes to help you with: Basic data types: strings, numbers, arrays, and dates and times Program building blocks: variables, functions, classes, and objects Web programming: cookies, forms, sessions, and authentication Database access using PDO, SQLite, and other extensions RESTful API clients and servers, including HTTP, XML, and OAuth Key concepts: email, regular expressions, and graphics creation Designing robust applications: security and encryption, error handling, debugging and testing, and performance tuning Files, directories, and PHP’s Command Line Interface Libraries and package managers such as Composer and PECL

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Genre: Computers
Author: David Sklar
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Release: 2014-06-30
File: 820 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781449363710

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When it comes to creating dynamic web sites, the open source PHP language is red-hot property: used on more than 20 million web sites today, PHP is now more popular than Microsoft's ASP.NET technology. With our Cookbook's unique format, you can learn how to build dynamic web applications that work on any web browser. This revised new edition makes it easy to find specific solutions for programming challenges. PHP Cookbook has a wealth of solutions for problems that you'll face regularly. With topics that range from beginner questions to advanced web programming techniques, this guide contains practical examples -- or "recipes" -- for anyone who uses this scripting language to generate dynamic web content. Updated for PHP 5, this book provides solutions that explain how to use the new language features in detail, including the vastly improved object-oriented capabilities and the new PDO data access extension. New sections on classes and objects are included, along with new material on processing XML, building web services with PHP, and working with SOAP/REST architectures. With each recipe, the authors include a discussion that explains the logic and concepts underlying the solution.

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Genre: Computers
Author: Adam Trachtenberg
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Release: 2006-08-25
File: 812 Pages
ISBN-13: 1449379141

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Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: ICON Group International
Release: 1982
File: 501 Pages
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Celebrates the use of optical illusion in art, presenting the importance and uniqueness of such work, discussing such artists as Salvador Dalâi, M.C. Sesher, and Istvâan Orosz.

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Genre: Art
Author: Al Seckel
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release: 2004
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 1402705778

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Winner of the Wolf Prize for his contribution to our understanding of the universe, Penrose takes on the question of whether artificial intelligence will ever approach the intricacy of the human mind. 144 illustrations.

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Genre: Computers
Author: Roger Penrose
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Release: 1999-03-04
File: 602 Pages
ISBN-13: 0192861980

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