Bach made an impromptu visit to King Frederick the Great of Prussia, and was . Gödel, Escher, and Bach are deeply intertwined in this very short Dialogue. What are some of the most riveting concepts featured in Gödel, Escher, Bach? Why isn’t the Douglas Hofstadter book Gödel, Escher, Bach available as an. Douglas Hofstadter Excerpts from Hofstadter’s Books. On what GEB is really all about (from Gödel, Escher, Bach: 20th Anniversary Ed.) So what is this book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid — usually known by its acronym.

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Don’t get This is an absolutely phenomenal work. However, the point is that every part of the book—every obscure analogy, every puzzling metaphor—makes sense, in a certain sense.

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I strongly recommend this book to a very narrow set of people. Its truth can only be proven by arguing according to a set of rules called “logic.

There’s a recursive paradox in there somewhere. Hofstadter, blatant self-reference is your favorite topic. If intelligence involves learning, creativity, emotional responses, a sense of beauty, a sense of self, then there is a long road ahead, and it may be that these will only be realized when we have totally duplicated a living brain.

I think that’s why so many people lose track of what the book is actually about – there really are a hofsadter of fascinating ideas that are all given equal weight. Now for some of the pros and cons of the book: To describe such self-referencing objects, Gdwl coins the term ” strange loop “—a concept he examines in more depth in his follow-up book I Am a Strange Loop.


And I value that in a writer. I can only warmly invite the reader to take the time to enjoy this book – a GR friend of mine stated that this is one of the very eschee books that he did read twice, and I perfectly understand why.

It is definitely not a great example of conciseness with its sprawling pagesand hofztadter always rigorous for example, in its treatment of some aspects of mathematical logic and Godel’s incompleteness theoremsand also occasionally a bit loose with the terminology; however this is more gcel compensated by the peculiar and exhilarating way with which the many interconnections edcher analogies between different disciplines and perspectives are illuminated by the author in his wondrous and sprawling synthesis, architecturally beautifully even if not always based on completely sound foundations.

Part 2 covers applications of part one to more philosophical explorations about consciousness and artificial intelligence and the meta-composition of everything.

No, the book isn’t designed this way, but considering that I couldn’t discern a solid central idea until page of the book, and that this was only one of several theses in the book, I wouldn’t be surprised if it proved possible to begin anywhere. The short story is this: And truthfully there were portions that would have hurt for either version of myself I’m looking right at you, “Ant Fugue”.

At that point, I just gave up. Possibilities of AI The discussions in the book on levels and hierarchy of systems and recursion lays out the fact that at the gdsl level is a simple formal system which leads to the highest level, our informal system, the brain. Each blind man gave a varying but inaccurate guess of what it hofstater he felt. For example, his discussion of the language processing functions of the brain is interesting, but did he really have to bring up the fact that he’s fluent in Russian and translated Eugene Onegin?


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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Also, I have this thing where I fucking hate dialogues. For example, gdell have a very clear understanding of how a single neuron functions.

Published by Basic Books first published United States Department of Justice. When intelligent machines are constructed, we should not be surprised to find them as confused and as stubborn as men in eschfr convictions about mind-matter, consciousness, free will, and the like. But if you read this review and you get the feeling you probably won’t like this book, you’re probably right.

Hofstadter Douglas Hofstadter is professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University. How much fictional ink has been spent rouglas Freud or feuding with Freud?

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

We have douflas seen God, but can only guess As I work my way through this dense book, I am reminded of the Zen tale of 4 blind men and an elephant. Best not to think about it. I need to hear it explained in another way. It is one of a kind. Aug 19, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: But enough about me.

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