I Am a Strange Loop

I Am a Strange Loop

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465030793

Category: Science

Page: 436

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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.
I Am a Strange Loop
Language: en
Pages: 436
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-07-08 - Publisher: Basic Books

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
I Am a Strange Loop
Language: en
Pages: 436
Authors: Douglas R Hofstadter
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-08-01 - Publisher: Hachette UK

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
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Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Douglas Robinson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-12-16 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

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Playful Intelligence
Language: en
Pages: 432
Authors: Henry Sussman
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-10-23 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

This is a guide, in theory and in practice, to how current technological changes have impacted our interaction with texts and with each other. Henry Sussman rereads pivotal moments in literary, philosophical and cultural modernity as anticipating the cybernetic discourse that has increasingly defined theory since the computer revolution. Cognitive
Consciousness
Language: en
Pages: 560
Authors: Susan Blackmore
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-26 - Publisher: Routledge

Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself just an illusion? The 'last great mystery of science', consciousness is a topic that was banned from serious research for most of the last century, but is now an area of increasing popular interest, as well