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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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A young scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view

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Genre: Mathematics
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Release: 1979
File: 777 Pages
ISBN-13: UCAL:B4281320

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Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher:
Release: 1981
File: 777 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:466100517

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An original, endlessly thought-provoking, and controversial look at the nature of consciousness and identity argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop," a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
Release: 2007-03-27
File: 412 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465030781

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Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
Release: 2008-08-04
File: 880 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780786723867

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A young scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view

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Genre: Mathematics
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Release: 1979
File: 777 Pages
ISBN-13: UCAL:B4281320

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Is there one central mechanism upon which all human thinking rests? Cognitive scientists Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander argue that there is. At this core is our incessant proclivity to take what we perceive, to abstract it, and to find resemblances to prior experiences--in other words, our ability to make analogies. In The Essence of Thought, Hofstadter and Sander show how analogy-making pervades our thought at all levels--indeed, that we make analogies not once a day or once an hour, but many times per second. Thus, analogy is the mechanism that, silently and hidden, chooses our words and phrases for us when we speak, frames how we understand the most banal everyday situation, guides us in unfamiliar situations, and gives rise to great acts of imagination. We categorize because of analogies that range from simple to subtle, and thus our categories, throughout our lives, expand and grow ever more fluid. Through examples galore and lively prose peppered, needless to say, with analogies large and small, Hofstadter and Sander offer us a new way of thinking about thinking.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
Release: 2013-04-23
File: 592 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465021581

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Alone in a cube that's glowing in the darkness, X is content within its little universe of infinite thought. This solitude is disturbed by the appearance of Y, who insists on exposing X to the richness of the physical world. Each begins to long for what the other has, luring them into a strange loop. In this play for two variables, Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould use mathematics and theatre to navigate the known and unknown reaches of our world. Through a series of surreal episodes, X and Y explore some of the biggest questions: where did the universe come from, does time have an end, is there something on the other side, do we have free will, can we ever prove anything about our universe? I is a Strange Loop was first performed by the authors at the Barbican Pit, London, in March 2019. This book features an introduction by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Marcus du Sautoy
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release: 2020-05-19
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780571360741

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Essays from some of the 20th century's greatest thinkers explore topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, evolution, science fiction, philosophy, reductionism, and consciousness, presenting a variety of conflicting visions of the self and the soul. Illustrations.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
Release: 2000
File: 501 Pages
ISBN-13: 0465030912

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First English translation of revolutionary paper (1931) that established that even in elementary parts of arithmetic, there are propositions which cannot be proved or disproved within the system. Introduction by R. B. Braithwaite.

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Genre: Mathematics
Author: Kurt Gödel
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release: 2012-05-24
File: 80 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780486158402

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