Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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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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User Review  - drbrand - LibraryThing

Quite an undertaking. Bouncing between composition, mathematics, artificial intelligence, genetics, linguistics, art, and a host of other topics, Hofstadter weaves his theory of self-recursive ... Read full review

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User Review  - dpevers - LibraryThing

It was not exactly what I thought I was getting myself into when I started, but informative. I will read it again someday. Most interesting is how much has come to pass that was thought difficult or impossible at the time the book was written. Read full review

Contents

Cretan Labyrinth
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The structure of the Dialogue Little Harmonic Labyrinth
129
Recursive Transition Networks for ORNATE NOUN and FANCY NOUN
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