Gödel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid
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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It is hard to talk about this book. I first got a copy in early 2007. Ever since, I attempted to read it three times. The first one I came quite close to the end (chapter XVI), but could not finish it ... Read full review
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