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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas R. Hofstadter
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
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Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the... show more
Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780465026562 (0465026567)
ASIN: 465026567
Publisher: Basic Books
Pages no: 817
Edition language: English
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Edward
Edward rated it
0.0 Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Preface to GEB's Twentieth-anniversary EditionOverviewList of IllustrationsWords of Thanks--Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidNotesBibliographyCreditsIndex
Forrest Aguirre, in the Leaves
Forrest Aguirre, in the Leaves rated it
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If I were clever enough, I would write this review as a fugue. This is the formal structure that Hofstadter uses throughoutGödel, Escher, Bach. Whether the whole book is a fugue, I'm not smart enough to tell. But the fugue is used as a metaphor for layers of brain activity, thoughts, superimposed ov...
ybrikman
ybrikman rated it
3.0 Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
This is a book of brilliant insights separated by hundreds of pages of tangents. It touches on a ridiculous number of topics: number theory, music theory, fugues, art, physics, linguistics, literature, cognition, calculus, logic, programming, recursion, molecular biology, Zen, and much more. Many of...
Monkeypanic
Monkeypanic rated it
3.0 Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Full disclosure: I'm only about 1/4 way through this book. Every few months, I read about 25 pages, and that's about all I can take before I need a break. Some of it is way above my head. Much of it is easily understandable. The author is clearly trying to make this material accessable to a general ...
To Read Is to Fly
To Read Is to Fly rated it
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I read this so long ago that I really think I need to re-read it.
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