Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

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Basic Books, 1985 - Philosophy - 852 pages
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Includes articles, many of which originally appeared in Scientific American, on memes, innumeracy, William Safire, Frederic Chopin, Rubik's Cube, strange attractors, Lisp, Heisenburg's uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics, Alan Turing, sphexishness, Prisoner's dilemma, and other topics.

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User Review  - Dave Peticolas - Goodreads

An excellent collection of essays exploring topics ranging from self-referentiality, consciousness, machine intelligence and the Rubik's Cube. These articles were mainly written during Hofstadter's stint at Scientific American. Read full review

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User Review  - Jenna Fearon - Goodreads

I read this a long time ago and as I remember it was completely amazing, thus my 5 star rating. I'm going to pick it up again soon and see if I still love it as much as I once did. :) Read full review

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Contents

On SelfReferential Sentences
5
A FollowUp
25
On Viral Sentences and SelfReplicating Structures
49
Copyright

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About the author (1985)

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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