I Am a Strange Loop (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, Aug 20, 2013 - Philosophy - 436 pages
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Douglas Hofstadter’s critically acclaimed return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach—an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity.
  

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Hofstadter presents what strikes me as a convincing philosophical model of a non-dualistic world in which it is unnecessary to divide our experiences into material and spiritual components, or to hold ... Read full review

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Douglas Hofstadter is a quirky and entertaining writer, though not as systematic as I would like. He starts off with the interesting insight that the I (or the self, or consciousness) is a strange ... Read full review

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Contents

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WORDS OF PREFACE THANKS
CHAPTER 1 OnSouls andTheirSizes
Lights On? Post Scriptum CHAPTER 2ThisTeetering Bulb ofDreadandDream What Is a Brain Structure? A Simple Analogy between Heart andBrain
The Causal Potency of Patterns
Loops Goals and Loopholes
On Video Feedback Two VideoVoyages Three Decades Apart
Of Selves and Symbols
CHAPTER 15Entwinement
Soulmates andMatesouls Children asGluons CHAPTER 16Grapplingwith the DeepestMystery A Random EventChanges Everything
How We Live in Each Other
Universal Beings Being Visited Chemistry andIts Lack
CHAPTER 18The Blurry Glow of Human Identity I Host andAm Hosted by Others
CHAPTER 19Consciousness Thinking So Wheres Consciousness in my Loopy Enter the Skeptics Tale?
CHAPTER 21ABrief Brushwith Cartesian Egos
A Tango with Zombies and Dualism

CHAPTER 7TheEpi Phenomenon
Where theBuck Seems to Stop The Prime Mover Redux Gods Eye versustheCareeniums Eye I Am Not God CHAPTER 8 Embarking on a StrangeLo...
Gödels Quintessential Strange Loop
CHAPTER 11How AnalogyMakesMeaning
CHAPTER 12OnDownward Causality Bertrand RussellsWorst Nightmare A Strange Land where BecauseCoincides withAlthough Incompleteness Der...
Of Hogs Dogs andBogs CHAPTER 13The Elusive Apple of MyI The PatternsthatConstitute Experience
CHAPTER 14 Strangenessin the I of the Beholder
Bleu Blanc Rouge Red White and Blue
On Magnanimity and Friendship
EPILOGUE
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Acknowledgements
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Douglas Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid; Metamagical Themas; The Mind’s I; Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies; and Le Ton beau de Marot. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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