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Can 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 Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
Release: 2007-08-01
File: 436 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465008377

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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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One of our greatest philosophers and scientists of the mind asks, where does the self come from--and how our selves can exist in the minds of others. Can 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 Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release: 2007-08-01
File: 436 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465008377

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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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Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama “To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor. Which came first? A Strange Loop is complex, teasing, thrilling.” —Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker Usher is a Black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a Black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. This blistering musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons—not least of which are the punishing thoughts in his own head—in an attempt to understand his own strange loop.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Michael R. Jackson
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Release: 2021-01-19
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781559369947

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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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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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"Brilliant...as audacious as its title....Mr. Dennett's exposition is nothing short of brilliant." --George Johnson, New York Times Book Review Consciousness Explained is a a full-scale exploration of human consciousness. In this landmark book, Daniel Dennett refutes the traditional, commonsense theory of consciousness and presents a new model, based on a wealth of information from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence. Our current theories about conscious life-of people, animal, even robots--are transformed by the new perspectives found in this book.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release: 2017-02-07
File: 528 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780316439480

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Douglas Hofstadter's critically acclaimed return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach—an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity.

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Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Ireland Books
Release: 2011-02-21
File: Pages
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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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