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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This book is a massive undertaking, and not advised for the faint of heart. I tried to read the book as a student in high school, and failed. The problem is a combination of the content, style, and ... Read full review

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There seems to be some confusion over what this book is actually about. The heart of it is the ancient question of consciousness, what it is, how this relates to our brains as physical beings, and ... Read full review

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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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