Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Vintage Books, 1979 - Artificial intelligence. - 800 pages
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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 cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

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Finding it hard to read more than a few pages at a time. Hofstadter's style isn't for me (though he appears to think he's quite clever) and his examples in the non-dialogue chapters are often tedious. I will read and finish this, slowly. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Cantwell - Goodreads

I actually only ready a little bit more than a hundred pages of this before my brain died and I got sad about how stupid I am. Read full review

Contents

The MUpuzzle
33
Figure and Ground
64
Cretan Labyrinth
119
Copyright

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Semantics and Cognition

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About the author (1979)

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning "G?del, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid".

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